Nursing home patient found dead outside, cold contributing factor in death
A Champaign nursing home patient was found dead outside the home on December 30.
Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup reports 89-year-old Annette White was pronounced dead outside the Helia Healthcare Nursing Home, 1915 South Mattis Avenue, just after midnight on New Year’s Eve.
A preliminary investigation reveals there was no obvious trauma to the victim and exposure to the cold temperature outside is thought to be a contributing factor in her death.
This death is under investigation by the Champaign County Coroner’s Office, Champaign Police Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health.
An IDPH official confirmed that Helia Healthcare Nursing Home in Champaign received two “B” violations in 2017.
An Aug. 30 violation reported by IDPH, claimed the facility’s failure to supervise a resident resulted in the resident falling and fracturing several bones.
IDPH issued the other violation on Nov. 13, after finding the facility failed to update resident care plans.
According to IDPH, an investigation into an incident at a nursing home could take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks.
Statement from Helia Healthcare of Champaign regarding the death of Annette White:
"We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Annette White. We are dedicated to providing a safe and comfortable home to each of our residents and hold ourselves accountable when there is a possibility we did not meet these standards. We are cooperating with authorities in an ongoing investigation to understand what happened and are not able to provide additional information at this time."