WARRENSBURG — Warren County has been fined $2,673 by the state for violations found during inspections at Countryside Adult Home, inspections that came just before the home’s director resigned.
Director Edward Corcoran resigned late last year, after the second of two state inspections in three months at the Schroon River Road home found violations. County officials would not say what, if any, role the inspection issues had in his departure.
Amy McByrne, a longtime senior administrator at the home, has been serving as acting director while the county seeks a new leader for the 48-bed adult home in Warrensburg.
The violations stemmed from a paperwork issue and a kitchen employee who was observed using sanitary gloves outside the kitchen, touching furniture at one point, and not changing the gloves when returning to the kitchen, according to Chris Hanchett, the county’s Department of Social Services commissioner. His agency oversees the home.
The paperwork issue involved documents that showed background checks on workers not being placed in their personnel files. Hanchett said the background checks had been done, but the paperwork was not filed.
Hanchett said Corcoran had been put on notice about the background check issue, but additional issues were found afterward.
The state Department of Health had initially proposed a fine of $14,000 for violations found during the inspections last August and November, but the county Department of Social Services negotiated the fine down to $2,673, which the county has agreed to pay.
“We were able to negotiate it down, which we were happy about,” Hanchett said.
The Health Department website, though, showed four citations issued from an August 2018 inspection, six from a March 2017 inspection and one from a February 2017 inspection. The November 2018 inspection was not listed on the site.
The August 2018 inspection listed violations for inadequate menu, a food storage or preparation issue, and chemical storage violation. The home was also cited for failing to “operate and maintain the facility in compliance with the regulations of the department and with applicable statutes and regulations of other state and local jurisdictions.”
Other inspections occurred in March 2018 and September 2017, when no violations were found.
Hanchett said the recent inspections were unusually problematic.
“Usually we don’t have these issues,” he said. “I think it would be next to impossible to not find something. They are going through a number of different things.”
Corcoran, who could not be reached Tuesday, had been director of the home for less than two years, starting in January 2017.
Hanchett said Corcoran was not fired, but resigned as county leaders were looking into “a few things” that had been happening at the home.
“There were a number of things going on,” he said.
He did not elaborate.
Hanchett said the home had 36 residents as of Tuesday, which was an improvement over recent numbers. It had 32 residents in June 2017.
The home had 60 beds, but one 12-bed wing was closed in 2011 as resident numbers dropped.