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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

MEDICARE REPORTS GROSS NEGLECT AND ABUSE IN MOST WV NURSING HOMES

Nursing Home & Hospital Report Card Shows Alarming Abuse And Neglect Of Patients
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“She died of aspiration from vomit, and the nursing staff was aware that she was suffocating and did nothing.” In fact, it is reported that the LPN on duty knew she was dying from aspiration and intentionally walked away. “She could have done something to help her but did not.” Dunbar Care & Rehab Employee 2010.

According to our source at the Dunbar Care & Rehabilitation Center, five residents died this past week. At least one of those deaths is allegedly under investigation by the parent company of the facility, SunBridge Healthcare Inc located in New Mexico. Also, it is alleged that staff filed complaints against the LPN who was working the night the woman died.

Ninety Six year old Virginia Bird, died after spending several days in the Dunbar Care and Rehabilitation Center. Employees of the center spoke off the record and stated that, this patient, “died of aspiration from vomit.” And, “nursing staff were aware that she was suffocating and did nothing.” In fact, it is reported that the LPN on duty knew she was dying from aspiration and intentionally walked away. “She could have done something to help her but did not.” according to a witness.

Also alarmingly, in order to keep from reporting her death occurring at the center, staff may have called on the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority to transport the patient to the hospital as though she was still alive. “She actually died on the gurney before the ambulance left the facility.” According to what we learned, it is sometimes common practice to give the appearance that the resident is still alive, when they have actually passed away inside of the nursing home.
Our sources also stated that there were signs of neglect that appeared to be severe redness on her legs, from the pelvis area down to her knees. Most commonly caused from being urine soaked for over a period of time. It is also claimed that, as this deceased patient was being transported, her bed was stripped of the linens, replaced with clean, and a new resident was being assigned in that room.
Other SunBridge owned locations in WV include Glenville (much below average ratings), New Martinsville (average ratings), Parkersburg (below average ratings), Beckley (much below average), Hurricane (much below average) and Salem (much below average ratings).
It should also be noted that the “Heartland” nursing homes in WV are ranked either “Far Below Average and or Below Average” and have been cited for actually causing abuse and or injury. Heartland is owned and operated by HRC Manor Care located in Toledo Ohio.
MEDICARE provided the statistics on each nursing home & hospital. They also rated the following facilities as "Much Below Average" (Because Actual Harm and/or Immediate Jeopardy exists) Federal Regulations do not require State inspectors or the nursing home to notify patients and their families that a particular patient's care has been the subject of a survey violation. Even a finding of substandard care or actual harm does not require notification.
Name Of Facility- City -Violations as of 7/29/2010
ARBORS AT FAIRMONT- FAIRMONT WV- 35
BISHOP JOSEPH H. HODGES- WHEELING WV- 35
BOONE HEALTH CARE- DANVILLE WV- 48
THE BRIAR- RONCEVERTE WV- 25
BRIGHTWOOD CENTER- FOLLANSBEE WV- 43
CAMDEN CLARK HOSPITAL- PARKERSBURG WV- 27
CANTERBURY CENTER- SHEPERDSTOWN WV- 31
CARE HAVEN CENTER- MARTINSBURG WV- 27
CARE HAVEN OF PLEASANTS- BELMONT WV- 37
CEDAR RIDGE CENTER- SISSONVILLE WV- 60
CRESTVIEW MANOR- JANE LEW WV- 30
DAWN VIEW CENTER- FORT ASHBY WV- 27
EAGLE POINTE- PARKERSBURG WV- 34
FAIRHAVEN REST HOME- HUNTINGTON WV- 15
GLENVILLE CARE & REHAB- GLENVILLE WV- 19
GREENBRIER MANOR- LEWISBURG WV- 45
HAMPSHIRE MEM HOSPITAL- ROMNEY WV- 40
HEARTLAND OF BECKLEY- BECKLEY WV- 47
HEARTLAND OF CHARLESTON- CHARLESTON WV- 35
HEARTLAND OF KEYSER- KEYSER WV- 44
HEARTLAND OF MARTINSBURG- MARTINSBURG WV- 35
HEARTLAND OF RAINELLE- RAINELLE WV- 41
HERITAGE CENTER- HUNTINGTON WV- 46
HIDDEN VALLEY CNTR- OAK HILL WV- 33
HILLTOP CENTER- HILLTOP WV- 40
HOLBRROK NURSING HOME- BUCHANON WV- 40
JOHN MANCHIN SR CARE- FAIRMONT WV- 18
LAUREL NURSING & REHAB- IVYDALE WV- 23
LINCOLN NURSING & REHAB- HAMLIN WV- 13
LOGAN CENTER- LOGAN WV- 34
MAPLES NURSING HOME- BLUEFIELD WV- 44
MAPLESHIRE NURSING- MORGANTOWN- 38
MEADOWBROOK ACRES- CHARLESTON WV- 23
MEADOWVIEW MANOR- BRIDGEPORT WV- 23
MERCER NURSING & REHAB- BLUEFIELD WV- 31
MINIE HAMILTON HEALTH- GRANTSVILLE WV- 24
MONTGOMERY GENERAL E/C -MONTGOMERY WV- 30
MONTGOMERY GEN HOSPITAL- MONTGOMERY WV- 16
MORGAN CO WAR GEN HOSP- BERKLEY SP WV- 21
NELLA’S NURSING HOME- ELKINS WV- 17
NICHOLAS COUNTY NURSING- RICHWOOD WV- 39
OAK RIDGE CENTER- CHARLESTON WV- 44
OHIO VALLEY HEALTHCARE- PARKERSBURG WV- 18
PENDLETON NURSING HOME- PENDLETON WV- 47
PIERPOINT CENTER CAMPUS- FAIRMONT WV- 37
PINE LODGE CARE BECKLEY- WV- 52
POCAHONTAS CENTER- MARLINTON WV- 11
PRINCETON HEALTHCARE- PRINCETON WV- 42
PUTNAM CARE & REHAB- HURRICANE WV- 50
ROANE GENERAL HOSPITAL- SPENCER WV- 16
ROSEWOOD CENTER- GRAFTON WV- 14
SALEM CARE & REHAB- SALEM WV- 35
ST MARY’S HOSPITAL- HUNTINGTON WV- 18
SUMMERSVILLE MEM HOSP- SUMMERSVILLE WV- 32
THOMAS MEMORIAL HOSP- S. CHARLESTON WV- 32
TRINITY HEALTHCARE- LOGAN WV- 45
TRINITY HEALTHCARE- WILLIAMSON WV- 43
TYGART CENTER CAMPUS- FAIRMONT WV- 35
UNITED TRANSITIONAL- CLARKSBURG WV- 03
VALLEY CENTER- S. CHARLESTON WV- 45
VALLEY HAVEN GERI- WELLSBURG WV- 18
WAYNE NURSING REHAB- WAYNE WV- 24
WEBSTER NURSING REHAB- COWEN WV- 17
WEITON MED CENTER- WEIRTON WV- 07
WELCH COMM HOSP- WELCH WV- 44
WILLOW TREE MANOR- CHARLES TOWN WV- 53
WORTHINGTON MANOR- PARKERSBURG WV- 17
WV UNIV HOSPITAL- MORGANTOWN WV- 12

The below facilities are rated as “Below Average” (Potential for More than Minimal Harm)
Name Of Facility -City- Violations Confirmed as of 7/29/2010
ANSTEAD CENTER ANSTEAD WV -24
BARBOR CNTY GOOD SAM- BELINGTON WV- 40
BERKELEY SPRINGS REH- BERKELEY SPRINGS WV- 24
CABELL HUNTN HOSP- HUNTINGTON WV- 11
CAMERON NURSING REH- CAMERON WV- 17
COLUMBIA ST FRANCIS- CHARLESTON WV- 11
DUNBAR CARE & REHAB- DUNBAR WV- 35
ELKINS REGIONAL CONV- ELKINS WV- 25
FAYETTE NURSING- FAYETVILLE WV- 26
GOLDEN LIVING CNTR- GLASGOW WV- 19
GOLDEN LIVING CNTR- SAINT ALBANS WV- 35
GOOD SHEPHERD- WHEELING WV- 10
GUARDIAN ELDER CARE- WHEELING WV- 50
HEARTLAND OF CLARKS- CLARKSBURG WV- 24
HEARTLAND OF PRESTON- KINGWOOD WV- 14
HOPEMONT HOSPITAL- TERA ALTA WV- 26
HUNTINGTON HLTH &REH- HUNTINGTON WV- 25
LAKEN HOSPITAL- WEST COLUMBIA WV- 29
MANSFIELD PLACE- PHILLIPI WV- 49
MARMET CENTER- MARMET WV- 44
MCDOWELL NURSING- GARY WV- 35
MILETREE CENTER- SPENCER WV- 20
NELLA’S INC- ELKINS WV- 28
PARKERSBURG CARE&REH- PARKERSBURG WV- 12
PINECREST HOSPITAL- BECKLEY WV- 24
PLEASANT VALLEY NURS- POINT PLEASANT WV- 27
RALEIGH CENTER- DANIALS WV- 25
REYNOLDS MEM HOSP- GLEN DALE WV- 18
SHENANDOAH CENTER- CHARESLTOWN WV- 12
SPRINGFIELD CENTER- LINDSIDE WV- 42
ST BARBARA’S MEM HOSP- FAIRMONT WV- 11
SUMMURS NURSING HME- HINTON WV- 29
SUNDALE NURSING HME- MORGANTOWN WV- 17
TEAYS VALLEY CENTER- HURRICANE WV- 33
THE HERITAGE- BRIDGEPORT WV- 18
WEITON GERIATRIC- WEIRTON WV- 11
WHITE SULPHER SP CENT- WHITE SULPHER SP- 23


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