Transfer of Nursing Home Resident Questioned After Resident's Death

A bedridden patient who predicted he wouldn't survive a move from hospital which was shut down has died three weeks after his transfer to a nursing home, family and friends said last week. the 58-year-old patient had muscular dystrophy and breathed with a ventilator. His death has called into question the transfer of patients from the hospital to other facilities.

The County owned hospital was converted to an outpatient center in August to save money. Before the change, community members expressed concern for the health of hospital residents who would have to move to other facilities.  The resident had received continuous care at the facility for 17 years. On August 31 he was transferred to a nursing home. On September 20th he died of pneumonia and an infection in his blood stream after a series care issues.

A long time friend of the resident said he loved the care he received at the now-closed hospital and predicted he would die if he had to move. "He didn't want to be moved because he knew the outcome," the friend said. "He said he was signing his death warrant."

The man's family has filed a complaint with the Department of Health regarding the nursing home care. Authorities are also investigating whether the transfer was conducted properly.  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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