Kathy Hess was fired from job as a nurse at Woodland Hills Care Center in Lawrenceburg, Indiana on December 27, 2013, for causing the death of 77-year-old Dionne Scalf. There is at least one eyewitness account of Hess abusing Scalf. An autopsy of Scalf’s body showed that his cause of death was from a broken vertebra. Hess was arrested and charged with reckless homicide, battery resulting in the death of an endangered adult, and neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury. Hess’ bond was set at $50,000.
An incident like this raises an infinite amount of questions. Why did other staff members not stop Hess? Were these staff members take part in the abuse as well? How long did this go on? What other residents in this facility were/are repetitively harmed? The list goes on.
Nursing home abuse occurs more frequently than anyone would like to admit. Unfortunately, reports of abuse are often swept under the rug, or denied by a facility. It seems that a facility will only take administrative action against abusive staff when claims are as tragic as Donnie Scalf’s, which result in death. See full report at Fox19.