WILMINGTON, MASS. >> Federal regulators have imposed a steep fine that has the potential to keep growing against a northeast Massachusetts nursing home where two residents have died since December.

The Boston Globe reports the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services imposed the $278,900 penalty against Woodbriar Health Center, and that figure will climb $7,100 a day until the Wilmington home addresses its most significant issues.

Regulators cited Woodbriar's "history of noncompliance, including repeated deficiencies" in handing down the sanctions.

Woodbriar's owners say they are continuing to work with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to fix their problems.

Reports detailing what inspectors found at the facility during their March 21 visit haven't been released.

Officials say the severity of the penalty imposed is unusual for the New England area.

Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com