|November 18, 2003
CHICAGO AREA FACILITES FINED FOR INADEQUATE SUPERVISION
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Illinois Department of Public Health has taken disciplinary action against two Chicago metropolitan area long-term care facilities:
Belmont was fined $5,000 (Statement of Violation) for failing to ensure that a resident, who exhibited behavior problems, was properly supervised to prevent him from leaving the facility. The resident was found more than a mile from the facility by local police, who returned him unharmed. It was determined that the resident had left through a dining room exit door, which did not have an alarm that sounded continuously when opened.
Prior to this incident, the resident had left the facility one other time, but staff did not notify the resident's physician or reassess his mental and emotional conditions.
Provena was fined $5,000 (Statement of Violation) for failing to provide adequate supervision to a resident who left a secured unit unnoticed. The resident, who had made multiple attempts to leave the nursing home, was discovered about four blocks away on a heavily traveled street. Department surveyors learned the unit's door alarms, which were checked monthly instead of daily as required by facility policy, were not functioning appropriately at the time of the incident.
Belmont and Provena 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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