Thursday, July 04, 2019

DOH Rejects Two Complaints About Gracedale Staffing

Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure told County Council last night that the state Department of Health has recently visited Gracedale twice in response to anonymous complaints about staffing levels at the nursing home. Both were dismissed as unsubstantiated. Although the source of these complaints is unknown, McClure said employees should refrain from discussing these issues in front of family members.

According to the Medicare and Medicaid rating of nursing homes, Gracedale's staffing is "below average." The amount of nursing care provided is below both the state and national averages. For the past few years, Administrators have been doing their best to recruit more nurses, and even have programs to fund employees who wish to become CNAs or nurses.

McClure said he remains very concerned about the call-offs at the home. In June, it was 32% of the workforce.In May, it was 33%.

This is well in excess of other 24/7 operations like the jail and 911. McClure said he is very pro-union, but these call-offs suggest fraud. He is mulling an investigation.

"It's also a question of fairness to the people who show up and work," he added.

In other news, he reported that the County's bond rating has increased from AA to AAplus. Moody's Investor Service said this new rating is a result of "the county's large, growing tax base, above-average resident wealth and income, healthy financial operations and modest debt burden." This rating increase accompanies the county's decision to refund $5.3 million in General Obligation Bonds. The County expects to save $357,000.

Despite this good news, McClure told Council that "Northampton County is going to the dogs." He said that Danny, a Belgian Malinois working at the jail, has already discovered six contraband items, three of which resulted in prosecution.He also introduced Boomer, an 18-month old chocolate lab trained in explosives detection and tracking. Finally, he said that Human Services has begun using therapy dogs, especially for children unnerved by dependency and abuse proceedings. He said he would consult with the courts about using the dogs outside of courtrooms to help keep children calm.

Council President RonHeckman had one question about Danny, who is assigned to the jail.

"Who will bite somebody first, Danny or Ken Kraft?"

Kraft is a former NorCo Council President known for his biting comments to others, including Heckman. He now works at the jail.

Blogger's Note: My report is based on watching the video of the meeting. 


Anonymous said...

Dani is really quite friendly so my money is on Kraft. Actually the whole administration bites.

Anonymous said...

If you call off on a regular shift and they get desperate for help do you then get to work for premium pay shifts later in week? In years past a worker was given off 2 days as discipline for not providing care to a resident and later that week he was given 2 premium shifts because of need for staff. The other staff were so upset. I don't know if this still occurs.

Anonymous said...

OMG! If you don’t like your job... QUIT! But these leaches won’t do that because they’ll never give up those cushy county benefits.

Anonymous said...

33%. Ha. Union strong! Don't bite the wallet that feeds you Monty.

Anonymous said...

Simple to solve this issue- Sell the parasite on the check book of the taxpayers before the union parasites bankrupt the county

X said...

9:00 am thats the american way with those that are parasites supposidly giving care to Americans that molded this great nation before todays environment. Look at the pensions accumulated by public servants taking extra shifts for there buddies that has bankrupted many cities too the point of no return.

Have a fun filled 4th with many a highlights this evening!!!!!!