ChicoER.com had an article about the pattern of bad care at nursing homes operated by Evergreen Healthcare. Six lawsuits are pending against  three nursing homes run by Evergreen Healthcare in Butte County.  The six suits, filed in 2008 and 2009, allege wrongdoing and/or inadequate and negligent care of residents.

Karen Borm, a registered nurse who worked at Twin Oaks, claimed she was wrongfully fired after she tried to intervene for a dying resident whose pleas for pain medication were ignored. Borm charged Twin Oaks failed to report to the state, as required, that this patient had fallen.

In another case, John Schroer, who was 89 at the time, was allowed to fall while in the bathroom at Twin Oaks. His suit stated he got no treatment for 24 hours for an extremely painful ankle, which turned out to have multiple fractures.

Stewart Smith claims his wife received inadequate care there and that when he complained, the nursing home retaliated by trying to limit his ability to visit her.

One lawsuit claimed that a patient named Fay Ward became extremely ill after a doctor’s orders to clean and medicate her skin sores were ignored. She was sent to Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital, where she remained for about three weeks before she died on April 4, 2008.

Another suit stated that Alfonso Vigil, 92, was admitted to the facility and was at risk for falling and hurting himself.  The suit said staff left him alone in his room for hours. He was then found dead, having slipped down in his wheelchair and been strangled by the waist belt.

Robert Mills suffered various kinds of harm, including dehydration, malnutrition, infection and multiple falls with injuries.

The study found a correlation between the frequency of lawsuits and the frequency of citations issued by the state for inadequate care.

 

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