Category 5 Records owner faces state investigation into nursing home business
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
– A nursing home company owned by the head of Category 5 Records, the home of Travis Tritt, is being investigated by Connecticut for poor patient care.
Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell said Monday that the state may need to take over some nursing homes operated by Termini's Haven Healthcare due to poor patient care and financial problems.
Questions also surfaced about whether Haven executives illegally used millions in Medicaid money for business and real estate issues such as starting the record label.
On Tuesday, Tritt's manager Duke Cooper told the Associated Press that the singer was upset about the allegations. "Travis being a family man ... certainly doesn't condone any of that, if it turns out to be true," Cooper said. "It's a sad situation."
Tritt is the label's biggest act. His latest disc was released in August. Sammy Kershaw also is on the label, which has several acts yet to release any albums.
The Hartford Courant reported that Haven Healthcare was fined more than 45 times over the past 3 years by Connecticut and federal health agencies. Violations included letting patients become dehydrated and develop bed sores and infections, which resulted in amputations.
Rell asked state agencies to review Haven Healthcare operations by Dec. 1. A state takeover of Haven properties is possible.
In an interview with AP, Termini said, "I'm confident that when they're done concluding their review, they'll come to learn what our resident families already know - that we provide outstanding and quality care."
Termini told AP that Haven Healthcare took care of problems found by the state.
He also said the company did not misuse Medicaid and Medicare funding. Termini said funds spent on the record label and a lakefront house he owns came from refinancing company projects.
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