Cañon City Nursing Home Administrator relinquishes license

DENVER (April 18, 2016) - On April 6, 2016, Cindy Mills, a Cañon City Nursing Home Administrator, relinquished her license meaning she may not practice in Colorado.

Ms. Mills was the Nursing Home Administrator at the Cañon Lodge Care Center, a nursing home facility in Canon City, Colorado, from January 16, 2011 through August 21, 2013.  The Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators (Board) investigated and found Mills failed to address 18 deficiencies revealed during a survey of the facility.  The relinquishment cites the deficiencies “revealed that the facility was substantially out of compliance, which led to immediate jeopardy to resident health or safety and substandard quality of care.”  During the survey, Mills “walked out, abandoning her job.”  Mills also admitted to failing to investigate issues relating to the safety of resident health, failed to report abuse and did not respond to the Board’s inquiry into the matter.  

Nursing Home Administrators are required to be licensed to practice in Colorado and adhere to state and federal regulations for resident safety and quality care.  The Board found Mill’s behavior to be a violation of the Nursing Home Administrator Practice Act, the state law governing the practice. 

The Division of Professions and Occupations, part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), encourages consumers to verify a license and check for discipline before selecting a nursing home administrator (NHA).  If you suspect an NHA of wrongdoing, consider filing a complaint with DORA.  Visit askDORA.colorado.gov and click on “File a Complaint.” 

Additionally, when selecting a nursing home, home care agency, assisted living facility or any other health care facility please check the facility’s history with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) Division of Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services. If you have concerns about a nursing home facility you may file a complaint with the CDPHE or contact a Long-Term Care Ombudsman in your area. 

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