|September 9, 2003|
FOUR CENTRAL ILLINOIS LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES FINED
SPRINGFIELD, IL The Illinois Department of Public Health has taken disciplinary action against four central Illinois long-term care facilities:
Care Centre of Champaign was fined $10,000 (Statement of Violation), because a resident was able to leave the facility unnoticed. The man was later found in the snow wearing only pajamas and suffering from numerous scratches to his face and forehead. Despite being outfitted with an electronic monitoring device, Department investigators learned the facility's door alarm did not sound when the resident left.
Cornerstone Home was fined $10,000 (Statement of Violation), because staff failed to follow facility policy to initiate cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a resident found unresponsive and who did not have a "Do Not Resuscitate" order. The facility also did not ensure staff are adequately trained in emergency care.
Heritage Manor was fined $10,000 (Statement of Violation), for not thoroughly investigating an allegation of sexual abuse of a resident by an employee. Once staff informed the facility administrator, the employee was suspended for a week. After the employee's reinstatement, another resident complained the employee hurt his hand. The employee admitted using excessive force while trying to take something out of the resident's hand and was fired.
Illinois Masonic Home was fined $10,000 (Statement of Violation), for an incident in which a resident sustained numerous injuries, including a fractured pelvis, after falling down a stairwell. When the stairwell door alarm sounded, staff initially responded to the wrong door, which increased the time it took to find and to assist the resident.
All four facilities have requested hearings on the Department's actions, but only a Nov. 6 hearing for Heritage Manor has been scheduled. Hearing dates for the other three facilities are pending.
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