February 28, 1996
LAWRENCEVILLE NURSING HOME DISCIPLINED
SPRINGFIELD, IL -- The Illinois Department of Public Health has fined The United Methodist Village, a 287-bed skilled, intermediate and sheltered care facility located at 1616 Cedar in Lawrenceville, $10,000 for failure to notify a resident's doctor or family about a significant change in condition.
Responding to a complaint, Department investigators found that an 81-year-old female resident had lost significant weight and had bed sores, fever and foul-smelling urine, but her physician was not notified of her condition for more than a week.
When contacted by the facility about the resident's condition, her physician ordered the woman immediately transferred to a hospital emergency department where she was observed to be comatose, nearly dehydrated, suffering from a urinary tract infection and with extensive bed sores.
United Methodist was instructed to ensure both a resident's physician and family are notified immediately of a significant change in condition. The facility was also instructed to provide each resident with adequate and properly supervised care.
The facility has requested a hearing on the Department's action. No hearing date has been scheduled.
of Public Health
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761
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