State Unit Refuses to Endorse an Addition to Care Center atSiouxdty By Harrison Weber By Iowa Daily Press Association DES MOINES — A proposed $1 million addition to the Suburbia care center in Sioux City has suffered a setback because a state review committee has refused to endorse the project. A prominent Sioux City businessman, Julian Torgerson, and his son. Don. had asked the State Health Facilities Construction Review Committee to approve the 87-bed addition so thev would be eligible for federal reimbursement on the portion of the daily patient cost attributable to capital investment. The Torgersons have been involved in two legal proceedings in conjunction with the operation of the Cummins nursing home in Sioux City. These proceedings were aired before the committee and had a direct bearing on the committee voting unanimously. 11-0. to disapprove the request. Julian Torgerson. owner of the Cummins Nursing Home and chairman of the Iowa Merit Employment Commission, was cited by the state health department for a series of alleged violations at the Cummins home. He subsequently surrendered the nursing home license after agreeing to either sell the home or to remove the patients and close down the facility. The board of examiners for the Iowa Nursing Home Administrators has initiating proceedings to revoke the nursing home administrator's license of Don Torgerson. His license as a nursing home administrator will be revoked within 15 days after being served with the board's notice unless he requests a hearing before the board. After an hour-long discussion, the review committee Thursday afternoon voted to disapprove the request for the addition to the 38 bed existing Suburbia Times Herald, Carroll, la. Tuesday, June 4, 1974 10 facility on the following grounds: — "Negative comments" received from other state agencies, namely the health department and department of social services. — The "poor quality" of care of patients housed in the Cummins facility and no apparent effort to improve upon the quality of care at the Suburbia facility if the addition were approved. — No evidence to show of any substantial effort to obtain "adequately and trained manpower" to operate the Suburbia facility. — The proposed addition "is not the best alternative" to the community for providing the intended service. — A question as to whether the "value received" from the money that would be expended, equates to the quality of care provided in the existing home. Peter M. Brown. Sioux City, executive director of the Siouxland Health Planning Council which had previously approved the Torgerson request, abstained from voting. Rick Middleton, associate director of the licensing division of the state health department, detailed for. the committee some of the 90 allegations which lead up to the department serving a revocation notice on Julian Torgerson. FOR Give him the Super the ULTRESSA by ARROW Soft. Sumptuous. Sensational. It's 100% Dacron polyester that isn't silk, but looks and feels almost like it — yet pops into the washer and even tumble dries. You don't have to go out of your way to find a great gift. Go Arrow Ultressa, Short sleeves. FOR DESERVING DADS Gift Hits! TIE FASHIONS Select Many! $4.50 And Up Favorite stripings, plains and prints. Of polyester, cotton . . . some silk. Visit Our Gift Bar For Great And Unique Gifts For Father's Day FROM $1.50 up Down Town - Carroll The allegations ranged from inadequate records to abusing 'patients "mentally and verbally." Brown, in response to a question, said the area planning council had approved the request on the theory that the Suburbia home would receive ''more surveillance"'by state agencies because of the revocation action brought against Torgerson. Middleton, however, responded that the health department was not going to "use any gestapo tactics" and the Suburbia facility would be subject to inspection on a routine basis only. Neither Torgerson, nor any representative, was present at the meeting. Technically, in disapproving the project, the committee was expressing itself to Health, Education and Welfare officials who must make the final decision as to whether or not to deny Torgersons reimbursement of federal funds. In other action, the review committee approved the following projects: A new 70 bed nursing home at Dunlap, Dunlap Care Manor, Inc., at an estimated cost of $542,500. A 50 bed addition to the Garden View Care Center in Shenahdoah, estimated cost, $360,000. A 50 bed addition to the Van Buren Good Samaritan Center in Keosauqua, estimated cost, $460,000. Addition of 11 beds and expansion of existing lounge, dining and kitchen facilities at Morning Sun Manor at Morning Sun, estimated cost, $140,000. New 60 bed nursing home at Oelwein, the Oelwein Care Center, to replace existing 19 bed nursing home, estimated cost, $432,000. Remodel existing neo-natal intensive care unit at St. Luke's medical center in Sioux City, estimated cost. $30.000. A 60 bed home at Manilla. Colonial Manor of Manilla, estimated cost, $595.250. A 40 bed addition to Willow Gardens Home and Nursing Care Center in Marion to existing 50 bed nursing home, estimated cost. $375.000. A 36 bed nursing home at United Presbyterian Home at Washington to replace existing 19 bed nursing home, estimated cost $640.000. A 150 bed nursing home at Clinton. Village Nursing and Convalescence Center. 100 beds for "basic" patients and 50 for "skilled" nursing home patients, estimated cost, $1.200,000. Requests were withdrawn for a 55 bed addition to Ellen's Convalescent Health Center at Fort Dodge and a 65 to 79 bed long term care unit at Klein Memorial Hospital at Burlington. Volkswagen In Trouble at Home, Abroad BONN, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen, the flagship of West German industry, is in trouble at home and abroad. Rudolf Leiding, chairman of Volkswagenwerk AG, says the cpmpany has a backlog of 472,000 unsold vehicles and lost $35 million in the first quarter of 1974. It was a sharp turnaround from 1973, when profits after taxes totaled $88 million. Sales in the United States in the first quarter totaled 120,960 cars, a drop of 27.7 per cent from the same period in 1973. Demand was down 18 per cent in West Germany and 25 per cent in other European markets. Spiraling costs in a highly inflationary price and labor market have hit Germany's biggest automobile company hard. The company is also troubled by changing tastes in Germany, competition on the American market from small U.S. cars, the oil squeeze and rising insurance premiums and repair costs. To recoup its financial losses, Volkswagen had ordered price increases of "about 6 per cent effective March 11 in Germany. But the federal antitrust office is threatening to roll the rises back and will examine the price increases in a public hearing May 24. Employing 161,000 persons in Germany and 54,000 more abroad, Volkswagen is a bellwether of the German economic scene.
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