Illinois Department of Health has released its list of “A” and “AA” nursing home violations for the first quarter of 2017. Covering tiny facilities with fewer than 20 residents to homes housing hundreds of disabled and older adults, the list makes for heartbreaking reading.
In all, just in the first 3 months of 2017, more than 2 dozen serious violations were documented. Under the grading system Illinois uses, “AA” is used for any problem that was a primary factor in a resident’s death. The “A” designation is used for any problem that is likely to put residents at harm for “serious” harm and/or death.
So far this year, 3 Illinois care facilities have been slapped with AA violations.
Gardenview Manor – Danville, Illinois
Gardenview Manor is a 213-bed facility in Danville, Illinois. It was fined $50,000 for failing to assess a resident’s vulnerability for falls and then taking steps to reduce the patient’s risk. The alleged negligence reportedly resulted in the resident, who had a history of falling, suffering a fall and dying from injuries.
As of the state’s report, dated April 7, 2017, Gardenview had still not paid the fine.
Danville Care Center – Danville, Illinois
Also in Danville is Danville Care Center. This 20-bed facility is accused of failing to honor a patient’s Advance Directive and withholding possibly life-saving CPR after the patient was found unresponsive. Danville Care Center was fined $50,000.
The facility has requested a formal hearing on the matter.
Heartland of Galesburg
Heartland of Galesburg is an 84-bed facility in Galesburg, Illinois. It was fined $50,000 for not properly teaching its staff to recognize when to provide CPR. As a result, a patient who was suffering respiratory arrest did not receive proper treatment and died as a result.
Heartland has requested a formal hearing.