Facility fined for kicking out resident who smokes

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The state of Washington fined a Seattle nursing home for inappropriately expelling a resident for smoking.

The state slapped Bailey-Boushay House with a $3,000 fine after the facility put a man in a taxicab and sent him to a homeless shelter with a bag of medications and a manual wheelchair, according to investigators with the state Department of Social and Health Services.

Facility management said the resident, who is back residing at Bailey-Boushay, smoked in his room and common areas despite being repeatedly told to use designated areas. He was kicked out of the facility for endangering other patients, management said.

But the facility, which is operated by Virginia Mason Medical Center, failed to ensure that the shelter could handle his health needs; neglected to give the resident written notice of his discharge and instructions for his care, and did not provide an appeal process as required by the state, according to state health officials. The home has been nationally recognized for offering residential care and day health programs for people living with AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses.