Treatment Center Cited again for Infection Control & Employee Screening Failures

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) cited Gulf Coast Treatment Center for infection control deficiencies for the second time in 14 months. In May 2012, AHCA found that the facility “failed to ensure that its staff were following best infection control practices in the main kitchen to ensure avoidance of food borne illness infections.” For example, AHCA surveyors found that cooking pans were not properly sanitized and an employee was handling both dirty and clean dishes without washing hands. AHCA determined that “this had the potential to affect all of the patients living in the facility.” AHCA also cited the facility for management and administration deficiencies due to its failures in performing employee background checks. It was discovered that the background screening process was not completed for nine staff members out of a sample of thirteen reviewed by AHCA surveyors.