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Several violations force state to close Hudson Healthcare Center

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More details are coming to light in why the South Dakota Department of Health to shutdown Hudson's only nursing home.

27 residents have been relocated and 50 employees are now looking for a new job.

The Hudson healthcare center is now empty. The facility's owner and staff say they're shocked by it's closure.

The Department of Health on the other hand says violations against the nursing home have been piling up since February.

Inspectors have visited the facility seven times in 2012 and with each visit found a slew of deficiencies.

According to the reports, the facility failed to follow several required operating procedures and was most days understaffed.

Another report showed staff often did not give the correct dosage for medications to their patients.

The most recent report from June is probably most shocking. The inspector says staff repeatedly failed to clean blood from glucose meters before testing other patients.

But in reports dating back to 2010, inspectors believe staff continually failed to report or investigate abuse allegations for multiple patients.

Many viewers asked why owner Joe Ward wasn't given notice to make corrections before the state stepped in and shut him down. Department of Health information officer Barb Buhler says they had already seen enough. She told KSFY through email, "based on the seriousness of the deficiencies the Department of Health found that the residents' health, safety, and welfare required emergency action and therefore summarily suspended the license."

Buhler also added that no notice is given when summary suspension is warranted. Instead emergency action is taken by the state to ensure the safety and welfare of the residents and then a hearing is held after the fact. Ward has told KSFY News he plans to appeal the action when that hearing is scheduled.

All of the patients at Hudson Healthcare Center were moved out of the facility Thursday and checked into other care facilities.

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