Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009 | 11:44 a.m.
Mission Pines Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
A North Las Vegas nursing home that has enough beds for 240 residents was ordered to bring in restaurant food after state health officials discovered several serious food safety violations.
The Nevada State Health Division's Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance suspended the food permit of the Mission Pines Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 2860 E. Cheyenne Ave., for the day on Tuesday, requiring residents receive restaurant food.
A routine survey by the bureau revealed a 16-foot hole in the ceiling that could have contaminated the dishwashing area with leaking water; chicken, beef and other perishable foods stored at unsafe temperatures; soiled and contaminated food contact surfaces; a malfunctioning dishwasher and an overall inability of the center's staff to safely prepare food, officials said.
A bureau surveyor stayed at the center after uncovering the food safety concerns, spokeswoman Martha Framsted said. Meals from licensed restaurants were served at noon.
Within hours, staff repaired the hole and fixed other deficiencies. The bureau reinstated the food permit by the end of the day.
The center still faces potential fines, depending on a final decision on how severe the deficiencies were after the inspection. The center is operating as of today.