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FOR RELEASE: May 2, 2005
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

State Health Department Announces Relocation
of Residents at Noble Residential Care Home

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) announces the relocation of the residents of Noble Residential Care Home, 6051 120th N.E., in Noble following a recent survey that cited numerous health and safety violations. On April 27, an on-site monitoring visit determined that an emergency existed requiring immediate action to protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the home based on widespread infestation of rodents and insects. The OSDH ordered the immediate discharge and transfer of the residents effective April 29.

Noble Residential Care Home housed 34 residents. A separate, unlicensed building housed eight additional residents. An interagency relocation team from the OSDH, Department of Human Services, and the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services coordinated the relocation of the residents. The relocation team entered the facility last Thursday morning.
The relocation team works with the residents, their families and guardians to find new homes and make the transition as smooth as possible.

James Joslin, assistant chief of Long Term Care Services at the OSDH, reported all residents were out of the building by 2 p.m. Friday afternoon.

"It is a credit to the assisting agencies as well as the receiving facilities that we were able to get these people moved so quickly. We regret the sudden disruption to the residents’ lives but the living conditions in this facility fell well below the standards we expect of a licensed residential care home," Joslin stated.

The facility has ten days to request a hearing on the decision to relocate the residents.
“We take our responsibility to protect the residents of these facilities very seriously and we will continue our inspections to ensure the residents are receiving quality care and the operators are meeting state regulations. The residents continue to be our primary concern,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Crutcher.

The action included notice to the facility of the Department's plans to file a petition to not renew the facility's license.

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