Harborside Nursing parent files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

The parent company of Harborside Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Baltimore, which faced state sanctions for air-conditioning failures more than two years ago, has filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to court documents.

Ravenwood Healthcare Inc., based in Baton Rouge, La., listed $10 million to $50 million in liabilities and the same amount of assets, according to documents filed late last week with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Middle District of Louisiana. A company filing for Chapter 11 protection continues to operate while it restructures its debt.

Ravenwood operates Harborside Nursing on West Franklin Street, which had been known as Ravenwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. In 2010, the facility was ordered to pay $52,500 in state fines and to make repairs to air conditioners that failed over a hot Fourth of July weekend that year. The failure forced the transfer of all 150 patients from the facility.

State investigators found that some air-conditioning pumps and compressors at the facility had been inoperable a year before the incident, and that managers knew about the breakdowns and failed to act to avoid a failure. The state ordered the facility to make changes or risk losing its license.

Harborside remains licensed by the state and is in compliance with the state Office of Health Care Quality, according to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Michael Smith, a Ravenwood executive, referred questions to President Richard T. Despite Sr., who could not be reached for comment Monday.


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