SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A western Iowa nursing home plans to challenge a $5,000 fine and the potential loss of federal funding after the state issued a negative report about the quality of its dietary program.

The Sioux City Journal reports that Touchstone Healthcare Community in Sioux City was cited for multiple violations with its food program and two unrelated infractions.

Touchstone is a 125-bed care facility that has operated in Sioux City since 1978 but has been run under a variety of names and owners. It is currently owned by Welco Healthcare of Minnesota.

Facility administrator Katilin Thomas says the home is working with the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals to make improvements, but plans to dispute the citation.

State officials observed the facility and interviewed dietitians, staffers, residents and family members.


Information from: Sioux City Journal,