Scott Schuett, who currently operates five assisted living facilities in Hampton Roads, had his administrator and preceptor licenses revoked by the Virginia Board of Long-Term Care Administrators on Tuesday.
After two hours of testimony by state inspectors on conditions involving
code violations at three of his facilities — Ashwood Assisted Living in Hampton,
Madison Retirement Center in Williamsburg, and Oakwood Assisted Living in
Suffolk — the Board deliberated for 30 minutes before voting to revoke
Schuett's licenses. Schuett has owned assisted living facilities in the region
since 2003. The problems cited at the hearing involved conditions observed in
2011 and 2012. The decision does not prevent him from owning or operating homes
with licensed administrators on site.
Schuett was a no-show at the hearing. He informed the Board that morning
that family illness prevented him from attending the formal public hearing held
in Henrico County. The hearing followed the Sept. 13 suspension of Schuett's licenses,the Board having determined that his practice posed "a substantial danger
to the public health and safety."
The Board also levied a $25,000 fine against Schuett. Lisa Hahn, executive
director of the Board, deemed the fine "suitable" for the 28
violations presented. Schuett was informed of the vote by phone. He did not
return phone calls for comment. In an interview prior, he indicated that he
expected to lose his license and talked of returning to his home state,
Michigan. The regulations allow him to petition for reinstatement after three
years and the payment of the fine.
Five witnesses spoke about conditions at Schuett's homes. Virginia Goodell,
licensing inspector for the Department of Social Services, described the
ongoing problems at Madison, a home she described as having a "high
population of chronically mentally ill adults." Complaints ranged from a
lack of food and infestations of cockroaches and bed bugs to fist fights and
the delayed report of the death of a diabetic resident who refused medical care.
Ivy Burnham, the inspector for Ashwood, presented a similarly long list of
infractions involving insufficient staffing, undocumented medication
administration, failure to follow admissions policies and poor record keeping.
Burnham estimated that 90 percent of the facility's residents have mental
health issues. Both facilities are in jeopardy of losing their licenses.
Trish Meyer, licensing administrator for the Eastern Regional Office of the
Department of Social Services, reviewed inspections from Oakwood. She observed
that there had been 19 reported assaults of residents within six months, alone
evidence of insufficient supervision.
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