State licensing regulators want disciplinary action taken against the operator of a South Ogden nursing home accused of physically abusing residents in the home's psychiatric section, a petition said.

Carl W. Barney, administrator and part-owner of Country Meadow Convalescent Center, pushed a resident's head "hard against the brick wall, causing a deep cut above the eyebrow," the petition said.The resident had attempted to leave the home, the petition said, and he became violent after Barney had forced him to return and then verbally abused and taunted him.

In another incident, Barney slapped a female resident across the face while she was naked, restrained and unable to move, the petition said. The woman had been placed in isolation and restrained after she had cut her wrists with a screwdriver.

According to the petition issued by the state Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, Barney roughed up psychiatric patients on four separate occasions in 1989.

In addition to using excessive force, regulators also accuse Barney of ordering sedation for a patient without a physician's approval and administering medication that had been dropped on the floor, the petition said.

Barney, who was charged in the South Ogden Justice Court in 1988 with assault and battery of a patient at the nursing home, is charged in the licensing petition with two counts of unprofessional conduct.

But he told the Deseret News that the petition's "statements are incorrect," and he intends to vindicate himself in a hearing before the state's Health Facility Administrator's Board. A hearing has been set for July 2.

He said he suspects the allegations against him stemmed from complaints by two or three disgruntled employees.