Nursing facilities have a legal obligation to notify the State Agency and Illinois Department of Public Health immediately anytime a resident suffers abuse, harm, mistreatment or injury. Any failure to do so could place the health and well-being of the resident in immediate jeopardy. Sadly, the Granite City elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many victims who have suffered from the abuse and neglect of their caregivers, other residents, and family members while residing in their nursing facility.
Often times, abuse, mistreatment and neglect go undetected or unreported especially if the resident lacks the capacity to voice what is happening or fears revenge from those causing them harm. Reporting abuse of nursing home residents can be challenging but is necessary to protect their health and well-being. Not all victims are injured by physical abuse, but also suffered psychological, emotional or mental harm caused by negligence or intentional actions of others in the facility.
If family members have a suspicion that their loved one is being abused or their basic needs and requirements have not been met, it is crucial to take immediate action to ensure that the problem does not get worse. It is not always advisable to confront those causing the abuse, mistreatment or neglect directly, but instead file a complaint with pertinent authorities including the facility’s Administrator, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) or other state agencies.
Gateway Regional Medical Center
Gateway Regional Medical Center is a 19-certified bed for profit Medicare-accepting nursing facility providing services to residents of Granite city and Madison County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
2100 Madison Avenue
Granite City, Illinois 62040
Granite City Nursing Home Resident Safety
To ensure families have the most current information on nursing facilities throughout the United States, both the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their nursing home databases to reflect recently opened investigations, safety concerns, filed complaints and health violations. The updated information can be found on numerous state and national sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Gateway Regional Medical Center maintains an overall five out of five available star rating compared to all other facilities in the United States. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures and four out of five stars for health concerns. However, our Granite City nursing home neglect attorneys have found serious deficiencies involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Report and Investigate Any Act or Allegation of Abuse, Neglect or Mistreatment of Residents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/09/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "report an allegation of abuse immediately to the Department.”
The incident was first noted in the physician’s 6:00 PM 06/24/2015 Progress Notes where a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) documented that the resident’s son “stated my mother needs to go to the bathroom [before going] back into the room, put the walker in front of [the resident].” As the resident started to stand, the resident’s son told “her to grab his left arm while he grabbed her right arm/wrist.” The nurse “ran in there, said she cannot stand, we (mechanical lift) her. The nurse turned on the call light for help. [The son] was not listening to the nurse [...and] yelling at his mother to stand [before finally sitting the resident] down after she was unable to stand. The nurse had a hand on [the resident’s] back before she sat for support. [The resident’s son] was telling [the nurse] to let go so she [the resident] can do it.” The documentation showed that “finally after [the resident] sat down, the nurse noticed [the resident] rubbing her right wrist and saying ‘ow’.”
The state investigator noted that “there is no documentation [that the resident’s] physician was notified” of the incident or her potential injury as required by law. Investigator also noted that upon review of the 6:00 PM 06/24/2015 Incident Report Form revealed that the State Department of Public Health “was not notified until 06/25/2015 at 1:06 PM [or] 18 hours after the incident].”
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Policies to Prevent Abuse, Neglect or Mistreatment of Residents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/09/2015, the state investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to operationalize its Abuse Policy by not reporting an allegation of abuse immediately to the [State] Department.”
The investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff and Administrator failed to follow the facility’s March 2012 policy title: Skilled Nursing Unit: Abuse, Neglect and Mistreatment Prevention Program policy that reads in part:
“The Department of Public Health shall be informed immediately.”
Granite City Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one has been abuse, neglect or mistreated while residing in any Illinois nursing facility, including Gateway Regional Medical Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal action on your behalf. Our Madison County elder abuse attorneys can begin building a case to ensure that your loved one and family receives the financial recompense they deserve.
Contact our Granite City Illinois nursing home abuse law firm at (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your free, comprehensive case evaluation. We accept all wrongful death lawsuits, personal injury cases, and nursing home neglect claims for compensation through contingency fee arrangements to avoid the need for any upfront payment.