April 21, 1998
PUBLIC HEALTH MOVES TO REVOKE LATHAM NURSING HOME LICENSE
SPRINGFIELD, IL The Illinois Department of Public Health has given notice that it intends to revoke the nursing home license of Countryview Living Center, Main Street and Route 121 in Latham, and has fined the facility $40,000 for failing to meet the nursing needs of residents. This is the third time in less than a year that the state has disciplined the 110-bed intermediate care facility for the developmentally disabled.
Countryview Living Center has requested a hearing to contest the Department's action. As a result, the Department's move to revoke the facility's license will be delayed until the hearing has been held. A hearing has been scheduled for May 26.
While investigating complaints and incident reports, Department surveyors found instances of residents not being provided proper care, of failure to prevent injuries, of physicians not being notified of changes in residents' condition and of poorly trained staff:
Department surveyors also learned facility staff failed to protect several residents from abuse by other residents, did not properly treat or prevent bed sores for three residents and failed to perform lab work on time.
Countryview Living Center was fined $10,000 in April 1997 and again in June 1997 for not meeting the nursing needs of residents. The facility has requested a hearing regarding the June 1997 discipline. The hearing has also been scheduled for May 26.
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