State Fines Nursing Home and Requires A Change in Ownership to Continue Operating

The state health department has fined a troubled nursing home more than $100,000 and forced sweeping changes to the facility's management following a series of media investigative reports.

The director for Health Facilities at the State Department of Public Health and Environment said that they identified a pattern of repeated complaints relating to neglect, injuries and patient deaths. A female resident who died two weeks after being admitted to the facility was said to have "ran into a wall" by administrators. Her family told the department of health that a doctor described her injuries as inconsistent with hitting a wall. They believe she was beaten.

Another female resident, 89, died a month after she suffered brain injuries in a fall at the home. Both cases resulted in citations against the facility. Repeated complaints also included resident's being denied food to account for budget restraints. The parent company of the facility was told by the department of health to hire a new management company or face closure.

The new nursing home owner has until Sept. 23 to bring the facility into compliance with state health and safety standards. Right now, the company is accruing fines of $1,000 a day. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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