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Florida: February 7, 2007: 2 Nurses Accused Of Withholding Medication At Nursing Home:"Two nurses who worked a Suwannee County nursing facility were arrested Wednesday, accused of several counts of neglect after an investigation found they withheld medication from elderly patients, according to the Florida Attorney General. Ashley Dawn Fralick, 27, and Melissa Elaine Bowen, 30, were both employed at the Good Samaritan Center Nursing Facility located in Dowling Park. "Knowing that elderly patients were denied essential medications is heartbreaking," Attorney General Bill McCollum said in a statement. "These victims rightly deserved and expected care and attention, but instead received neglect and abuse."
http://www.news4jax.com/news/10957371/detail.html

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Mar. 16, 2006: Delaware: New Allegations Surface In Nursing Home Hearings:"The General Assembly's Joint Sunset Committee is reviewing the agency charged with protection of nursing home residents amid a new allegation about lax oversight. A registered nurse says her mother was sexually assaulted five years ago at an assisted-living facility in Rehoboth Beach. According to Beth Ewell, of Lewes, the attack happened after she complained that the facility had insufficient staff to care for patients. She said yesterday her report was never filed with the Division of Long Term Care Residents Protection."
http://www.wgmd.com/newspost/fullnews.php?id=145

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Edwardsville nursing home fined $50,000 in patient death, Illinois:"An Edwardsville nursing home has been fined $50,000 for improperly giving pain medication to a patient who died. Rosewood Care Center, a 120-bed nursing home on Center Grove Road, was fined in connection with its treatment of an 86-year-old patient who was found dead in August a few hours after the patient received OxyContin, a powerful pain reliever. That dose was given four hours after a previous dose of OxyContin was given to her at a hospital emergency room."
http://www.chicagonursinghomeabuselawyerblog.com/2010/02/chicago_illinois_nursing_home.html

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Thursday, March 16th, 2006: Wisconsin: Nursing home marred by alleged abuse, cover-up:"The state of Wisconsin has released a report on the Pleasant View Nursing Home that alleges at least two incidents of resident abuse and subsequent attempts to cover it up. The report, completed last month by a division of the state Department of Health and Family Services, tracks the alleged actions of an unidentified Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and other staff from June to November 2004. The CNA is accused of intentionally shoving a resident, who fell to the floor, in June 2004, and hitting another resident, who subsequently hit his head on a bed footboard, in November 2004. The same CNA was allegedly known as a bully among staff and residents, according to the state report."
http://www.phillipswi.com/bee/index.php?sect_rank=1&story_id=205627

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February 26, 2006: Australia: Police check plan for carers:"AGED care specialists will consider making police checks mandatory for all nursing home workers at an emergency summit in Canberra next month. The meeting of the Aged Care Advisory Committee (ACAC) was called after allegations four women aged in their 90s were sexually abused by a male staff member in a Victorian nursing home last year. Minister for Ageing Santo Santoro said the March 14 summit would look for solutions to allegations of abuse, including whether to introduce mandatory reporting of suspected abuse and protection for whistleblowers."
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,18279122-29277,00.html

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10/9/2005: Pennsylvania: After two wheelchair deaths, nursing home to close:"A troubled nursing home where two residents died in wheelchair accidents this year has told state officials that it will close. Two residents at the Villa Teresa skilled nursing facility in Lower Paxton Township died after wandering outside the facility in their wheelchairs, losing control and crashing on a sloping driveway. The state Department of Health had downgraded the facility's license to "provisional 3," which is one step from closure. State officials had given the home until Nov. 19 to correct problems, including concerns about falls and bedsores among some residents."
http://www.pennlive.com/newsflash/pa/index.ssf?/base/news-31/1128886741193500.xml&storylist=penn

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10/9/2005: Lax enforcement threatens nursing home residents:"How many more preventable deaths will it take before federal and state regulators and Congress crack down on nursing homes that are fire traps? Sixteen patients were killed in a nursing home fire in Hartford, Conn., in February 2003. Fifteen more perished at a Nashville facility seven months later. Neither had the sprinkler and alarm systems required by federal law for newer centers."
http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2005-10-09-nursing-home-edit_x.htm

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October 4, 2005: Iowa: Nursing home administrator charged for embezzelment:"The administrator of a Des Moines health care facility embezzeled some $187,000, according to the Iowa Public Health Department. Dennis Lee Howe, 57, is charged with first-degree theft. A disciplinary hearing with the Board of Nursing Home Administrators will be held on Oct. 20. A woman who answered the telephone Tuesday at Valley View Village, 2571 Guthrie Ave., declined comment."
http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051004/NEWS01/51004011/1001

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October 4, 2005: Texas: Last of Rita Evacuees Return Home:"The last of the hurricane evacuees being sheltered in area nursing home are on their way home. The 34 patients had been staying at four local nursing homes since the storm hit and many were eager to get back home to Houston and Baytown. "It was real nice," says Betty Baker, of her stay in Lubbock. "But I`m glad to go home." "We have family to check on and and we have to check on our homes," says Debbie Frickey, a nurse who came to Lubbock with the evacuees. "We`ve been told everything is okay, but we want to see for ourselves."
http://www.klbk13.tv/news/default.asp?mode=shownews&id=1151

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October 4, 2005: Canada: Toronto: Four more seniors die in outbreak at nursing home:"A mysterious respiratory illness at a Toronto seniors' residence has claimed four more lives, bringing the death toll since Sept. 25 to 10. Also, two more people in the nursing home fell ill, and 40 residents of the Seven Oaks Nursing Home were in isolation Tuesday. But despite the news, public health officials continued to insist the situation is under control."
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20051004/sevenoaks_flumysterycontinues_20051004/20051004?hub=CTVNewsAt11

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October 1, 2005: Iowa: Nursing home where alleged rape occurred had no administrator:"An Adair nursing home where a nurse aid allegedly raped an elderly resident has been operating without a licensed administrator for more than a year. A spokesman with the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals says state law allows nursing homes to operate for no more than six months without a licensed administrator. An executive with Adair Community Health Center's home company, Gail Sheridan, says the company has been looking for a licensed administrator."
http://www.kwqc.com/Global/story.asp?S=3924382&nav=7k7NJ1IJ

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October 1, 2005: Texas: Company in fatal bus explosion flew under radar, officials say:"Federal and state officials said Friday they had no way of knowing the severity of financial and other problems at the company that operated a bus that caught fire last week near Dallas, killing 23 nursing home evacuees. Customers and others familiar with Global Limo Inc. of Pharr had complained that its buses smelled of fuel and had dangerously poor brakes. The owner filed for bankruptcy in February."
http://www.kristv.com/Global/story.asp?S=3922330&nav=Bsmh

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Saturday, October 01, 2005: Canada: Toronto: Four residents dead from respiratory illness outbreak at Toronto nursing home:"Toronto public health officials are investigating the deaths of four people from a "typical respiratory illness" at a senior's residence but say it is not SARS. The four victims were residents at the Seven Oaks Home for the Aged in the city's east end, said Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Toronto Public Health's director of communicable disease control. "We know from the testing that's been done so far that this is not influenza, we know this is not SARS, we know this is not avian influenza," said Dr. Allison McGeer, infectious disease consultant at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital."
http://www.canada.com/news/national/story.html?id=e37504f1-ec84-44f2-beac-9f9b9040385d

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September 30, 2005: Louisiana: Woman Escapes New Orleans Nursing Home To Fla.:"A woman who survived Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters in New Orleans is in Central Florida. Trishka Stevens, 75, escaped a nursing home where 34 other patients drowned. She wound up at Avante Nursing and Rehab Center in Mt. Dora, WESH 2 News reported. She was at St. Rita's nursing home in New Orleans on the day Katrina hit. "All of the sudden, the water was pouring through the air-conditioning unit. It looked like Niagara Falls. It was pouring in so fast," she said."
http://www.wesh.com/news/5043774/detail.html

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Wednesday, September 14, 2005: Louisiana: Nursing home owners charged as Louisiana death toll rises to more than 400:"The arrest of two nursing-home owners in the deaths of 34 people marked the beginning of what prosecutors said Wednesday is a large-scale investigation into whether New Orleans-area hospitals and other institutions neglected their patients during hurricane Katrina's onslaught."
http://www.canada.com/news/world/story.html?id=bbd802d6-5ec8-421b-a086-f096fe703293

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Tuesday, August 9, 2005: Indiana: Peru nursing home plans to appeal state fines:"Heritage Manor nursing home in Peru plans to appeal a $10,000 fine for failure to have an effective system to assess, treat and monitor pain in residents, said Steve Wannemacher, president and CEO of Heritage Enterprises. The Illinois Department of Public Health announced the type "A" violation of the Nursing Home Care Act on Friday. An "A" violation is the most serious licensure violation levied by the state and creates a condition in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm will result."
http://www.pjstar.com/stories/080905/REG_B77KH7HK.050.shtml

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Tue, Aug. 09, 2005: Wisconsin: Workers at seven nursing homes authorize strike:"Employees of seven Extendicare Nursing Homes authorized their union's bargaining committee to call a strike on Tuesday after more than three months of negotiations. The 500 workers are members of Service Employees International Union Local 150 and work as certified nursing assistants, housekeepers, dietary aides and laundry workers. They are seeking better health insurance, higher wages, eight-hour shifts and continuity of care for residents, the union said."
http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/duluthsuperior/12342157.htm

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July 24, 2005: Massachusetts: Violations at nursing home alleged:"State public health officials are looking into alleged health and safety violations at a Millis nursing home. The Department of Public Health has received a written notice from the town Board of Health outlining complaints against Willowbrook Manor Rest Home. ''We will be investigating," DPH spokeswoman Donna Rheaume said. Specifics of the probe would not be made public until the probe is complete, she said."
http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2005/07/24/violations_at_nursing_home_alleged/

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July 24, 2005:"Vision problems of Alzheimer's patients in nursing homes:"One in three nursing home residents who have Alzheimer's disease are not getting their vision corrected so they can see clearly, according to new Saint Louis University research in the July issue of the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. "Many nursing home residents are losing out on stimulation. They may not be able to see the television, read books or interact appropriately," said James M. Koch, M.D., principal investigator and a resident in the department of internal medicine at Saint Louis University."
http://i-newswire.com/pr38010.html

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June 24, 2005: Questions Key to Rating Nursing Home Care:"Asking nursing home residents the right questions may be crucial to really understanding if quality-improvement measures are working, a new study finds. Nursing homes often distribute "assessment surveys" quizzing residents on their satisfaction at the center. In the study, researchers at the Borun Center for Gerontological Research in Los Angeles asked 45 residents at two nursing homes a series of questions after improvements had been made at the residences."
http://www.forbes.com/lifestyle/health/feeds/hscout/2005/06/24/hscout526455.html

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Fri, Jun. 24, 2005: South Dakota: Judge denies new trial for man convicted of molesting nursing home resident:"Circuit Judge Janine Kern denied a request for a new trial for a Rapid City man convicted of sexually molesting a 76-year-old nursing home resident. Les Kills Small, 28, argued in part that the jury didn't receive proper instructions before convicting him of second-degree rape. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison."
http://www.aberdeennews.com/mld/aberdeennews/news/11980618.htm

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April 1, 2005: Connecticut: Union reaches agreement with four nursing homes:"A tentative agreement has been reached with the union representing workers at four nursing homes run by Spectrum Healthcare, which had been the target of strike threats. The agreement, reached early Friday, calls for a four-year contact and wage increases averaging 16 percent over the life of the contract, the New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199, announced. Earlier this week, workers at the four homes as well as eight owned by ICARE Management had authorized the union to call a strike."
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/connecticut/ny-bc-ct--nursinghomes-cont0401apr01,0,3815002.story?coll=ny-region-apconnecticut

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