|August 19, 2003
THREE NORTHEASTERN ILLINOIS
SPRINGFIELD, IL The Illinois Department of Public Health has taken disciplinary action against three northeastern Illinois nursing homes:
Glenwood Care Center was fined $10,000 (Statement of Violation) for failure to provide emergency medical services in a timely manner. After finding a resident in full cardiac arrest, staff waited 20 minutes before calling for an ambulance and then called a private ambulance instead of 911. Staff did not begin CPR immediately and when the emergency procedure was initiated, it was performed improperly. The resident was transferred to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Heritage Manor was fined $5,000 (Statement of Violation) for failure to properly supervise a resident who left the facility without the staff's knowledge. The resident, who had a history of trying to leave the facility, was found near a four-lane highway with a speed limit of 45 miles per hour. He was returned to the facility unharmed.
Maplewood Care was fined $10,000 (Statement of Violation) for failure to provide adequate supervision to a resident who was admitted to the facility for supervision. The resident, who had a cigarette addiction, had offered sexual favors to other residents in exchange for cigarettes and was caught performing oral sex on a resident. The woman also was physically aggressive with other residents and often took cigarettes out of their hands or slapped them on their arms while demanding their cigarettes. These aggressive acts led other residents to physically injure the woman. Despite being aware of the resident's actions, the facility failed to address these behaviors for several months.
All three facilities have requested hearings on the Department's actions. No hearing dates have been scheduled.
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Springfield, Illinois 62761
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