Lincoln nursing home hit with $50K fine following resident death

Lincoln nursing home hit with $50K fine following resident death. (WICS)

A Lincoln nursing home has been hit with a $50,000 fine by the state.

The Illinois Department of Public Health claimed in a report released Wednesday that The Christian Village in Lincoln didn’t tell a resident’s doctor about worsening asthma symptoms, which ultimately led to her death last March.

The state hit the home with an “AA” violation of the Nursing Home Care Act.

According to IDPH, an “AA” violation is cited when something happened at the facility that caused the resident’s death.

News of the citation caught some people off-guard.

“I was shocked," said a woman who’s mother lives in the facility that asked she not be identified. “I just know from my standpoint, my mom has had wonderful care. The people here are good. The food is good.”

The report released by the state, which described the resident as a 64-year-old woman, claimed the woman died because the nursing home didn’t call her doctor about worsening asthma symptoms.

“I was shocked to hear that (the resident) passed away,” the residents doctor was quoted saying in the state’s report. “I had no idea what was going on.”

The doctor said in the report that the patient's death could’ve potentially been prevented had the doctor been notified.

The Christian Village appealed IDPH’s findings.

They sent the following press release to Newschannel 20 Thursday:

"The Christian Village (TCV) in Lincoln, IL offers the widest range of senior living options in the area. They have been making a difference in Logan County since 1965.

Early March, 2018, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) conducted a complaint survey at TCV. The IDPH issued a Notice of Type “AA” Violation relating to seven Sections of the Nursing Home Care Act regulations. The Department also imposed a Plan of Correction, issued a fine of $50,000.00, issued a Conditional License and placed TCV on the quarterly list of violators.

TCV disputes the allegations and timely filed its appeal. We look forward to presenting our case as we believe that the Departments 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.

TCV continues to cooperate with all appropriate authorities.

The administration and associates at TCV express sincere and heart-felt condolences to the family and friends of this resident. Out of respect for them and to comply with all local regulations there will be no further comment.

State Ombudsman Jamie Freschi said there are several ways people can get help if they feel their loved ones in nursing homes aren’t being properly cared for.

“Talk with staff,” Freschi said. “If you don't feel like you're getting anywhere with that, call your ombudsman, they can help guide you. You can always call the residents physician, you can file a complaint with Public Health."

To report suspected abuse, financial exploitation or neglect of an older person or a person with disabilities age 18-59 call the statewide, 24-hour Adult Protective Services Hotline: 1-866-800-1409, 1-888-206-1327 (TTY).

For residents who live in nursing facilities, call the Illinois Department of Public Health's Nursing Home Complaint Hotline: 1-800-252-4343.

For residents who live in Supportive Living Facilities (SLFs), call the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services' SLF Complaint Hotline: 1-800-226-0768."

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