2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 26 - HEALTH AND VITAL STATISTICS
Section 26:2H-14 - Unlicensed health care facility; rules; violations; penalties.
26:2H-14 Unlicensed health care facility; rules; violations; penalties.
14.Any person, firm, partnership, corporation or association who shall operate or conduct a health care facility without first obtaining the license required by this act, or who shall operate such health care facility after revocation or suspension of license, shall be liable to a penalty of not more than $2,500 as provided for by regulation for each day of operation in violation hereof for the first offense and $5,000 for any subsequent offense. Any person, firm, partnership, corporation or association who violates any rule or regulation adopted in accordance with this act as the same pertains to the care of patients and physical plant standards shall be subject to a penalty of not more than $5,000 as provided for by regulation for each day that he is in violation of such rule or regulation. Upon notification to the facility of such violations as pertain to the care of patients or to the hazardous or unsafe condition existing in or upon the structure in which the licensed facility is maintained, the commissioner shall allow the facility 72 hours in which to correct any such violation and if at the end of such period the violation is not corrected and it poses an imminent threat to the health, safety or welfare of the public or the residents of the facility, he may, in his discretion, summarily suspend the license of the facility without a hearing and may order immediate correction of such violation as a prerequisite of reinstatement of licensure. If a licensee that is subject to summary suspension shall deny that a violation exists or has occurred, he shall be have the right to apply to the commissioner for a hearing. Such hearing shall be held and a decision rendered within 48 hours of receipt of said request. If the commissioner shall rule against the licensee, the licensee shall have the right to apply for injunctive relief against the commissioner's order. Jurisdiction of such injunctive relief shall be in the Superior Court of New Jersey. Nothing herein shall be construed to prevent the commissioner from thereafter suspending or revoking the license in accordance with the procedure set forth in section 13. If, within one year after such violation such person, firm, partnership, corporation or association is found guilty of the same violation such penalties as hereinbefore set forth shall be doubled, and if there be a third violation within such time, such penalties shall be tripled. In addition thereto the department may, in its discretion, suspend the license for such time as it may deem proper or revoke said license.
Any person, firm, partnership, corporation or association who shall, except in cases of an emergency, maintain more patients in his premises than he is licensed so to do, shall be subject to a penalty, in accordance with the procedure set forth in section 13, in an amount equal to the daily charge collected from such patient or patients plus $25.00 for each day each extra patient is so maintained.
L.1971,c.136,s.14; amended 1978, c.83, s.9; 1986, c.96, s.1; 1998, c.43, s.14; 2003, c.117, s.18.
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