FAIRLAND — An Ottawa County residential care home will close under an agreement with the state Health Department after being cited with several policy issues and after a complaint involving the death of a patient

As part of the agreement, Green Country Residential has 30 days to relocate residents to other licensed homes.

Green Country cares for mentally ill patients and is owned by Greg and Cindy Bedford. The 24-hour center is a remodeled motel with 40 beds and has 17 residents.

The home was cited earlier this year with failure to supervise, failure to provide medications, failure to protect residents from assaults and harm, and failure to keep records and report to the state incidents involving residents.

The most serious complaint levied against the residential center involved the February 2008 death of William Eugene Hurst, 19.

According to a Fairland police report, Hurst was observed by several motorists walking on the highway when he stepped in front of a pickup, was hit and later died.

Michael Torrone, the Bedfords’ attorney, said the settlement does not result in any acknowledgment or admission of liability or wrongdoing by state health officials or Green Country.

The decision to cease operations "was due in large part to the nonprofitability of continuing to do business in this tumultuous economy,” Torrone said in a statement.

Greg and Cindy Bedford do not own other residential care centers, nor are they allowed to get another residential care license under any other name, said Dorya Huser, chief of long-term care for the state Health Department.

Part of the order’s reference to recent violations concerned the license application, which was incomplete and had errors, Huser said.

Some patients have already been moved into properties owned by the Bedfords. Huser said these properties are not licensed.

"Residents are to be relocated to other licensed facilities unless a medical professional says they can live elsewhere,” Huser said. "Many of these residents are dependent on medication administration support services.”

The agreement states:

• The Bedfords cannot admit any new patients during the 30-day period.

• Any potential buyer for the residential center that obtains a license from the state cannot be related to the Bedfords by blood or marriage, nor can the new owners employ any of their relatives, related by marriage or by blood.

• The center will be subject to monitoring visits within the 30 days.

• The center is to provide daily status reports to the state on where patients are being relocated.

Other incidents of concern involve a resident who went missing from the center seven times in 37 days, a resident jumping a fence into a child care center’s play area and a resident punching out a window and cutting herself after being threatened with eviction.

Sheila Stogsdill can be reached at (918) 787-9581 or by email at sheilastogsdill@sbcglobal.net