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Pensacola retirement home fined for violations
ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- A Pensacola retirement home has been cited for violations by Floridas Agency for Healthcare Administration. The agency says Kipling Manor Retirement Center has put its residents in jeopardy after inspectors found numerous deficiencies. Over the past ten years, Kipling Manor has been fined $37,000 dollars because of violations. Now the facility is facing a hearing that could end with its license revoked. The Agency for Healthcare Administration claims Kipling Manor Retirement Center has failed to meet operating standards and is now pushing to shut down the facility. Kipling Manor is a locally owned facility that specializes in Alzheimer's care. It's been around for 14 years. According to Florida's Agency for Healthcare Administration it's received numerous violations that threatened the health, safety or security of its residents. Some of the violations Kipling is being accused of include... Michael Phillips - Florida Ombudsman Program "Residents are not receiving their medications, where medications have run out and they have not been re-ordered" and the filth of the facility is quite renowned said Michael Phillips, Florida Ombudsman Program. Mike Phillips has followed the case closely. He's the District Manager of Florida's Long Term Care Ombudsman Program which acts as an advocate for patients. "27 pages of just summaries of complaints over the years, they're constantly contacting us" said Phillips. "Perhaps all the things that are being said or done probably don't pan out to be right, but if it's going to the legal system there must be something to it" said Pastor Clarence Brockman, Lawton Baptist Church. Clarence Brockman invites several of Kipling's residents to his church. He says he's surprised Kipling is being accused of violations, but he's more concerned with the future of its residents if the facility closes. "We're going to pray that it doesn't happen because where would these guys go? We are all these people going to go, when nobody else wants them said Brockman. The owner of Kipling Manor, Belie Williams told Channel 3 news over the phone he completely denies the accusations AHCA has made against Kipling, and that everything is under control and no patients are doing without said Belie Williams, Kipling Manor owner. A hearing to determine if Kipling Manor will lose its operating license will begin next week.