Brookhaven Health Care Facility LLC Violations and Ratings

Brookhaven Health Care Facility Information

According to their website, the Brookhaven Health Care team has been dedicated to developing and integrating innovative treatments and services for more than four decades. Their 160 bed facility is one of The McGuire Group’s six facilities in New York and was designed for full-scale subacute and orthopedic rehabilitation and recovery. They provide patients with noninvasive monitoring of their cardiac performance through telemetry systems, meant to identify issues earlier and to help avoid unnecessary hospital readmissions.

Brookhaven Health Care Facility
801 Gazzola Drive
East Patchogue, NY 11772

Brookhaven Health Care Facility CMS Ratings as of April 27, 2022

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). A wealth of information on a variety of topics, including Medicare and Medicaid services, resident health, facility reported events, and quality care, as well as a large database of ratings and federal government nursing home inspection information are all available on the site for this United States government agency. Learn more about CMS rating system for nursing homes in the overview to this series of articles on nursing home ratings.

Facility Overview

The information below is taken from the federal government website for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Brookhaven Health Care Facility and is current as of April 27, 2022.

  • 160 certified beds
  • 140.5 average residents per day
  • Most recent health inspection was on August 30, 2021
  • 4 health citations from the most recent health inspection
  • 2 fines in the past 3 years totaling $1,625

CMS Star Ratings

  • Overall Rating – 4 Stars
  • Health Inspections Rating – 4 Stars
  • Staffing Rating – 4 Star
  • Quality Measures Rating – 4 Stars

Health Inspections – 4 Stars

The four star rating from health inspections of Brookhaven Health Care Facility by CMS includes information about:

  • the most recent health inspection and two prior inspections,
  • any complaint inspections in the last three years, and
  • infection control inspections in the last three years.

The most recent health inspection of this nursing home was conducted on August 30, 2021, and there were a total of 4 health citations. The national average for health citations at nursing homes is 8.1 and in New York nursing homes, the average is 4.8. In this case, the lower the citations, the better a nursing home is rated by the CMS.

No inspections were conducted due to complaints between April of 2021 and March of 2022 at this nursing home. In the past three years, no complaints resulted in a citation and there were no instances when a facility-reported issue resulted in a citation.

The Brookhaven Health Care Facility has no infection control inspections between April of 2021 and March of 2022. There was one citation from infection control nursing home inspections in the past three years. There were two federal government fines issued in the last three years, which totaled $1,625.

Staffing Rating – 4 Star

The CMS staffing rating is based on nursing home staffing hours from the last reported quarter and includes:

  • Registered nurse (RN) hours per nursing home resident per day
  • Total nurse staffing hours per resident per day, which included RNs, licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and nurse aides

Higher numbers of nursing hours per resident are better than fewer hours when assessing nursing homes or skilled nursing facilities.

Brookhaven Health Care Facility has an average number of residents per day of 140.5, which is higher than the national average of 76.5, and lower than the State of New York’s average of 152.6.

The total number of nurse staff hours per resident per day is 4 hours and 50 minutes, which is higher than the national average of 3 hours and 46 minutes and also higher than the NY State average of 3 hours and 31 minutes. This is how the staff hours breaks down:

  • RN hours per resident per day: 1 hour and 34 minutes (National Average: 41 minutes and NY average: 43 minutes)
  • LPN/LVN hours per resident per day: 46 minutes (National Average: 53 minutes, and New York State’s average: 47 minutes)
  • Nurse aide hours per resident per day: 2 hours and 30 minutes (National Average: 2 hours and 12 minutes and New York State’s average: 2 hours and 2 minutes)

On the weekend, the total number of nurse staff hours per resident per day is  4 hours and 20 minutes, which is higher than the national average of 3 hours and 16 minutes, and higher than the NY average of 3 hours and 1 minute. Additionally, there are 10 minutes of physical therapist staff hours per nursing home resident per day, which is higher than the national average of 4 minutes, and higher than the New York average of 7 minutes.

The nursing staff turnover rate at Brookhaven Health Care Center is also lower than the national average for nursing homes. A facility’s staff turnover rate is the percent of workers who leave in a year, and low turnover indicates that people are kept on for longer periods of time, which is beneficial to residents.

The nursing staff turnover rate at this facility is 40.4% while the national average is 52.6%. Brookhaven Health Care Facility also has better staff retention rates than the New York average, which is 45.5%.

Of these turnover numbers, the amount of RN turnover comes in at 40.6% which is better than the national average of 51.2%, and also less than the New York State average of 47.2%. Additionally, Brookhaven Health Care Facility reports no administrative staff member having left the facility.

Quality Measures Rating – 4 Stars

This rating is based on data from a select set of clinical data measures of nursing homes. The following are the details associated with Brookhaven Health Care Facility’s four-star rating:

  • Short-stay quality measures – 4 Stars
  • Long-stay quality measures – 4 Stars

A higher star rating indicates a greater level of care. These measurements of quality include 17 different assessments for short-stay residents and 16 assessments for long-stay residents.

Brookhaven Health Care Facility New York State Ratings

The New York State Department of Health and the NYS Medicaid Agency also provide nursing home rankings to assist patients and their families in Long Island decide which nursing homes are best for them by allowing them to compare facilities. The New York State assessment includes an overall rating as well as ratings in five dimensions of care, including preventative care, quality of life, quality of care, resident safety, and resident status.

24 separate quality criteria are used to evaluate nursing homes. The overall performance is evaluated in the same manner as CMS scores. A five-star rating indicates the best performance, whereas a one-star rating implies the worst result. Learn more about New York’s system of ratings in the overview article for this series on Long Island nursing homes.

These ratings cover the reporting period of October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2021.

NYS Star Ratings

  • Overall Rating – 5 Stars
  • Preventative Care – 5 Stars
  • Quality of Care – 3 Stars
  • Quality of Life – 5 Star
  • Resident Safety – 2 Stars
  • Resident Status – 5 Stars

Preventative Care – 5 Stars

The NY State Department of Health’s rating for preventive care at Brookhaven Health Care Center is 5 stars. This rating covers information on pneumonia and flu vaccination status for both long-term and short-term residents.

100% of long stay residents were assessed and appropriately given the pneumonia vaccine and 99.7% were given the flu vaccine. 99.9% of short-stay residents were assessed and given the pneumonia vaccine and 89.2% were given the seasonal flu jab. In all cases, higher percentages indicate higher quality preventative care.

Quality of Care – 3 Stars

The quality of care assessment considers six different qualities. Residents received higher-quality care if the value was lower. At the Brookhaven Health Care Facility, 10.6% of high risk long-stay residents had pressure ulcers and only 2.6% of long-stay residents had urinary tract infections. 19.0% of low risk long-stay residents lose control of their bowels or bladder.

The percentage of residents with pressure ulcers or injuries that are new or get worse is 3.5%. 11.5% of short-stay residents had an outpatient emergency department visit and 19.3% of them ended up back in the hospital after a nursing home visit.

Quality of Life – 5 Stars

The quality of life rating of 5 stars includes two quality factors. At Brookhaven Health Care Facility, 0% of long-stay residents have depressive symptoms. In this case a lower percentage is better.  55.9% have a successful return to home and community from a skilled nursing facility, and for this criteria, a higher percentage is better.

Resident Safety – 2 Stars

When it comes to protecting the safety of nursing home residents, New York State takes six measures into account. The lower the rating, the better for residents. Brookhaven Health Care Facility was rated two stars. 3.8% of long-stay residents experienced one or more falls with major injury with 26.1% of long-stay residents receiving anti-anxiety or hypnotic medication.

21.6% of long-stay residents received antipsychotic medication and 0% were physically restrained. 1.2% of short-stay residents newly received an antipsychotic medication. 1% of skilled nursing facility residents experienced one or more falls with major injury during their stay.

Resident Status – 5 Stars

Brookhaven Health Care Center received a five-star rating for resident status. Six quality criteria determined the rankings. A lower score is better for the first four of these measurements, and a higher number is better for the last two.

6.0% of long-stay residents lose too much weight and 19.6% of residents have a worsening of their ability to move independently. 8.5% have an increase in need for help with daily activities and 0% are on catheters.

83.5% of short-stay residents made improvements in function and 100% of skilled nursing facility residents whose functional abilities were assessed and functional goals were included in their treatment plan.

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New York State Health Inspections for Brookhaven Health Care Facility

Brookhaven Health Care Facility Complaints

A resident, family member, friend, or other third party may submit a complaint regarding a nursing home to the New York Department of Health. The team that investigates allegations and claims against nursing homes will examine whether a nursing home, including facility managers, has transgressed state requirements. By law, any incidents that result in harm, abuse, mistreatment, or neglect of a resident are required to be reported by the institution.

From April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2022, New York State received 27 complaints at this facility which accounts for 17.3 complaints per 100 occupied beds. This is much lower than the statewide average of 49.9.

The facility reported 15% of the incidents that are required to be reported to the Department of Health, which is lower than the statewide average of 52%. 9 complaint-related inspections were completed by the NY Health Department inspection team during this period resulting in no complaint-related citations. This represents zero citations per 100 occupied beds, which is lower than the state average of 2.3.

Brookhaven Health Care Facility Citations

From April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2022, this facility received 9 standard health citations, which is lower than the statewide average of 14. There were 4 life safety code citations and zero citations related to actual harm or immediate jeopardy. Between these dates, Brookhaven Health Care Facility was assessed a total of $2,000 in fines. An earlier inspection on July 26, 2016, resulted in a $12,000 fine.

More details about these citations and inspection reports can be found on the New York Health Department website.


How to File a Nursing Home Abuse Complaint in New York

If you believe nursing home abuse has occurred, please contact the New York State Department of Health to file a complaint. You can submit your complaint about a nursing home online or by phone:

  • Use the Nursing Home Complaint Form on the Department of Health website
  • Phone the 24/7 Nursing Home Complaint hotline 1-888-201-4563

The Health Commerce System allows employees at nursing homes to report issues in a web-based Incident Report Form.


Get Help from an Experienced Long Island Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

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Our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys can help you file a claim against the at-fault parties, including the nursing home, employees, or owners.

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Interested in comparing these ratings to those of another nursing home on Long Island? Read more: Long Island Nursing Home Ratings and Violations.

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