TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Claiming the owners of the nursing home at University Village failed to prove their financial stability, Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (A.H.C.A.) this week, ordered the facility’s license revoked.
Florida law requires a nursing home applicant to furnish satisfactory proof of financial ability to operate within state law and rules. According to AHCA, TR & SNF Inc.,who are the owners of the skilled nursing facility at University Village, did not.
“The facility has 30 days from the date of the final order to allow for orderly discharge and transfer. The Agency will monitor the facility during this process,” A.H.C.A.’s Mallory McManus said in an email.
TR & SNF Inc. is also prohibited from accepting any new admissions during this period and must immediately notify the clients that they will soon be discharged. The state contends the owners do not have the financial ability to pay the bills.
Former and current residents of University Village have told 8 On Your Side investigators that conditions are deteriorating at the retirement community. Others say they can not get money refunded that is owed to them.
John Bartle, a principle in the ownership group, told 8 On Your Side an appeal will be filed. The appeal, he says, will act as a stay, so services to residents should not be interrupted. Mr. Bartle is unsure if the appeal will stay the ban on accepting new admissions.
According to the state, the ownership, control and management of TR & SNF Inc. are intertwined with that of a 446 bed assisted living facility and 46 villas located on a campus with TR & SNF Inc. and an assisted living facility. The litigation states,”The shifting roles of various landlords of the properties and the management of them cloud the operations of TR & SNF and the related facilities.” A.H.C.A. points out that John and Rebecca Bartle are key actors in various companies involved in the ownership and management of University Village and shift in and out of roles.
Mr. Bartle expects the appeal will be heard sometime in December.