MDH takes over Pine Island nursing home due to concern for residents

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has taken control of a Pine Island nursing home due to growing concerns for residents.

The department said it took over Pine Have Care Center on Saturday — a day after the temporary order was granted by a Ramsey County court — because several unpaid bills were threatening critical services for residents.

MDH says Pathway Health is now managing the nursing home after evidence of unpaid bills and an inability to meet payroll threatened staffing levels, critical services and residents’ medications.

“This rare step is one we do not take lightly, but the evidence indicated a need for immediate action to ensure that residents are safe and continue to receive essential services,” MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm said in a statement. “We are focused on a smooth transition and determining the next steps that will meet the needs of residents, staff, and families.”

Health Regulation Division Director Maria King added, “We are communicating with family members and residents about the transition as we work to stabilize operations. We will work with the new managing agent to help residents and employees through this transition.”

Under state law, MDH’s receivership can last up to 18 months.

Pine Haven has 52 residents and is licensed for 70 beds, according to MDH.