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Updated: City Responds to FBI Raid at Convalescent Hospital

While the South Pasadena Police Department does not have jurisdiction over the facility, Police Chief Joe Payne says the department has increased patrols in recent months due to resident concerns.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly described a 2011 indictment against Verdugo Valley Skilled Nursing & Wellness Centre in Montrose.  The story further incorrectly described the resolution of the matter, which was in fact a settlement with the charge being dismissed without conviction or other finding or admission of guilt, according to Daniel A. Saunders of Bingham McCutchen LLP, who represents Brius Management, which manages Verdugo Valley.  Patch regrets the errors.

Update: South Pasadena Police officers have handled more than 65 calls of both "petty and serious nature" at the over the last two years, Chief Joe Payne said in a press release Thursday.

Brius Healthcare is a minority owner of the South Pasadena facility, according to Daniel A. Saunders of Bingham McCutchen LLP, who represents Brius. owned by Brius, was indicted on a charge of felony neglect in 2011. The matter was settled with that charge being dismissed without a conviction or other finding or admission of guilt, Saunders said.

The California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform confirmed to Patch that Brius owns hospitals in Highland Park and San Diego.

Original story: The FBI and three California state agencies on Mission Street Thursday morning.

While the South Pasadena Police Department does not have jurisdiction over the facility, Police Chief Joe Payne says the department has increased patrols in the area due to resident concerns.

"[The] owner [of the convalescent hospital] according to the License Department is Guy Reggev, D.B.A. Brius Management. Although we have no regulatory authority with the convalescent home pertaining to patient care, we have received scores of complaints regarding the behavior of some of their patients," the police chief said.

He added: "I am told by the FBI that the search warrant affidavit is sealed and that no information is available for release regarding the nature of the investigation."

Brius Healthcare Company was founded in 2004 by Shlomo Rechnitz, who is also the CEO and co-founder of Twin Med, LLC., which provides products for nursing homes. He founded Twin Med with twin brother, Steve Rechnitz, in 1998.

Just last month, the Rechnitz brothers received the ICON Award for Visionary Leadership in Business and Philanthropy, according to a UCLA press release.

"They have utilized their success in the healthcare field to give back to the field of medicine and have contributed millions of dollars to cancer research," said the release.

In reponse to a raid at in Eagle Rock Thursday, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Justice told Patch that raids were taking place in “several other places” in Southern California.

When a from the in November 2010, residents expressed concern on Patch—especially because South Pasadena's Convalescent Hospital is 300 feet from an after-school daycare program at the  and .

According to police, four registered sex offenders were listed as residents of the Convalescent Home and the nearby Prospect Manor at that time.

Employees at the hospital declined to comment, and Brius Healthcare could not be reached in time for this article.
Mindy B June 08, 2012 at 04:44 AM
You would think with that location this would be a high end facility for well to do elderly not what seem more like wards of the state. Any thoughts on this?
Betty Jean June 08, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Why because it's South Pasadena? Really?
Mindy B June 08, 2012 at 05:13 AM
That part of South Pasadena has a walk score of nearly of 97. http://www.walkscore.com/score/south-pasadena. Its where I would want to go if I had to be put up somewhere, but by then someone will have figured it out and will be making a fortune - or maybe there is a fortune to be made rehabilitating former convicts or wards of the state, assuming thats what many of them are.
Betty Jean June 08, 2012 at 05:30 AM
So you've been inside? I have and I immediately wanted to leave. Walk score obviously doesn't calculate the thousands of cars screaming down Mission and in most parts of the city everyday. I guess it's mostly scored on amenities.
Janet Cartwright June 08, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Trust me, you don't want to spend your last years or days in that dump. ANY convalescent home is depressing. You may be confusing this with Assisted Living. Whole different enchilada...
Leonardo Cruz June 09, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Like everything else in this wild and strange world, there are bad and good apples. So with respect to nursing homes, please do not generalize!
Marvion June 10, 2012 at 01:02 AM
George um Carlin er Orwell : Burn all cell phones att pn 1495-cup mod/drx . As of when did nursing homes get phones for their patient(s).
Barry Sheldon Pyne June 10, 2012 at 04:45 PM
My name is Barry Pyne, and I have Personal Experience at this facility. I was there for 7 months, and I was Forcefully Discharged-with 3 Police present,- and the Administrator - Robert Schwartz was also present. It was all His doing, in fact. He lies and I have proof of it. - and also My medical records show that I was visited by a' Dr. Solomon' several times and I NEVER SAW THIS DOCTOR !!! Also, - I have many witnesses, that at a public meeting, on one particular Tuesday morning at 10:00 am, on the 'Smoking Patio' at the Facility - Schwartz (broke the rules) HimSelf, - denied me my First Ammendment rights. He lied to the people present, and disclosed to all at this meeting, some of my Personal Financial information (to all of them). He has no right to do this, he did not have my permission to do this. He is out of control. He lied in public, He chastised Me and publicly humiliated me. He does not keep his word. He told me He would not provide me with the names of the parties who accused me of whatever He used as an excuse to Forcefully Discharge me from His facility... and there is more... I can't wait til I can get Him in Court and let the Judge and the entire Legal System, force him to disclose facts, under Oath. There is much more, but I will withhold further info, until Council allows me to share further. Should any of you care to know more, my e-mail is barrypyne@hotmail.com
Janet Cartwright June 11, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Sorry, I was being rhetorical...
Theresa Valentine June 13, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I have personaly worked for this company at another facility in Los Angeles. This company commits Medicare fraud. The falsify records. They cover up wounds and falls. They lie to the families. They have alot of drug addicted residents. Some residents are coming back drunk. They even called the police because one resident was found smoking crack on the patio. They treat their employees like crap too. They have alot of law suits for workers comp and wrongful terminations, etc..... Just an all around terrible company that owns alot of facilites. I wouldnt trust any of them.
Mark Ingram June 14, 2012 at 12:51 AM
If you worked for the company you need to say something to the Fed's or it will never stop. I hate hearing things like this and knowing that companies are playing with our edlerly lives just to earn a dollar.
Barbara June 21, 2012 at 01:29 PM
I have a family member in SP Convalescent and was shocked and very concerned to hear about this investigation! It has been my opinion that in the last couple of years this facility has really deteriorated, not to mention that is appears to be a psych ward or rehab center!!! I am always concerned about my family members safety! Perhaps even the board of health should be investigating as well! This facility has definitely gone from being fairly decent to questionable over the years!!!
Just My Opinion July 01, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Barbara...I'd get my family member OUT of there ASAP. Parolees, drug addicts, registered sex offenders, drunks etc. The place should be shut down. It's dirty, the patient care is nil. They just keep cashing those checks. Find a better place.
Gabriela Spilman July 24, 2012 at 06:04 AM
This place needs to be shut down. We all live in South Pasadena for a reason - a safe environment for our families and children. Four registered sex offenders housed at this place located only steps away from a park and child care center?!?!?! That hardly gives anyone peace of mind! It is no wonder I have witnessed “interesting" events around South Pasadena, which I have reported to police. Everyone one needs a safe place, including those drug addicts and sex offenders, but it should not be at the expense of our children's safety. I am sure people who have decent family members at this convalescent home would agree.
Gerry September 07, 2012 at 04:07 PM
I am not happy with this facility, to say at the very least, because they apparently do not train their care takers well enough in which one of them force fed my Dad after arriving there for their care from a stroke which led to his premature death the day after being taken to the hospital emergency room for not being able to breath. At the time, they denied my speaking with the owner, only to a "manager". I wish I knew of all this before I took him there.
Levon October 18, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I've been to more than my fair share of convalescent homes, and this one is almost comically bad. My home is less than half a mile from this facility, and I found this article by googling it after my wife and baby daughter got accosted by one of the residents. No harm was done but none of this information surprises me.
Just My Opinion October 18, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Your wife and baby were accosted? I certainly hope you called the police and filed charges! If you didn't, it's just a matter of time before another young mother and baby are accosted. Or, maybe your wife and baby....again!

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