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Lincoln, Decatur nursing homes among 35 fined by state

Lincoln, Decatur nursing homes among 35 fined by state

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SPRINGFIELD — The Christian Village nursing home in Lincoln has been cited with an AA violation and fined $50,000 by the Illinois Department of Public Health, following what is said was the preventable death of a resident Feb. 5.

The long-term care facility's director of nursing referred requests for comment to Christian Horizons' corporate office. 

But, in a statement released Thursday, Christian Horizons Chief Operating Officer Ray Dickison said "TCV (The Christian Village) disputes the allegations and timely filed its appeal. We look forward to presenting our case as we believe that the department's findings will be overturned.

"Given patient confidentiality limitations, we cannot comment on the specific facts but we are confident that we will prevail in our case," Dickison's statement continued. He added that Christian Village continues to cooperate with authorities and expresses condolences to the family and friends of the former resident.

Meanwhile, Heartland Health Care Center-Decatur was cited with an A violation and fined $25,000 after IDPH said residents' conditions worsened unnecessarily.

The citations and fines were among 35 violations of the state Nursing Home Act by long-term care facilities stateside, announced by IDPH on Wednesday. IDPH releases violations and fines each quarter. Violations announced Wednesday were processed between April and June.

Heartland of Decatur, 444 W. Harrison St., was cited for failing to administer medications per physician orders for two residents, resulting in "ongoing untreated extreme pain" for one resident. Heartland of Decatur did not return a call seeking comment Wednesday.

Christian Village nursing home, 1507 7th St., Lincoln, failed to notify a physician of a resident's decline in respiratory status and neglected to follow facility policy on change of resident condition, IDPH said.

The resident, a 64-year-old woman, was admitted to the facility on Jan. 22 for therapy following a motor vehicle accident and planned to return home. She had several diagnoses, but was "cognitively intact," IDPH said.

The resident's plan of care indicated that she was at risk for complications from asthma and encouraged prompt treatment of any respiratory infection. The resident began to experience shortness of breath and complained Feb. 2, but her physician wasn't notified and she continued to decline.

Nursing notes from 8:46 a.m. Feb. 4 through Feb. 5 did not document any assessment of her shortness of breath and only one nebulizer treatment, IDPH said. The resident was found unresponsive at 7:51 p.m. Feb. 5. She died of staphylococcus aureus bronchopneumonia of the lungs, the agency said.

Contact Paul Swiech at (309) 820-3275. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_swiech

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