The state of Illinois and the federal government require that staff members at every nursing facility immediately notify a resident’s physician and family member of any change in their condition including a decline in their health. This law ensures that the patient receives the highest level of care in a timely manner. Unfortunately, not all nursing facilities provide appropriate training and ongoing monitoring of the nursing staff to ensure that these notifications are being made in accordance with the law. The inaction of their caregivers often leads to serious harm of the resident and/or their premature death. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent families of victims who have died due to the negligent actions of their caregivers while residing in nursing homes like Metropolis Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
Metropolis Rehabilitation and Health Care Center
This Center is a ‘for profit’ Medicaid/Medicare-approved Nursing Home providing nursing services to residents of Metropolis and Massac County, Illinois. The 101-certified-bed Nursing Center is located at:
2299 Metropolis Street
Metropolis, IL 62960
As a part of the Tutera Senior Living & Health Care Community, Metropolis Rehabilitation and Health Care Center provides senior living options, nursing care, post-surgery rehabilitation, home health options, hospice and memory care.
Metropolis Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Both the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home database systems to reflect all safety concerns, filed complaints, opened investigations and health violations. This information can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Metropolis Rehabilitation and Health Care Center maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the Medicare national comparison rating system. This includes four out of five stars for staffing concerns, three out of five stars for quality measures and one out of five stars for health inspections. The Massac County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found safety concerns, deficiencies and violations at this facility that include:
- Failure to Notify a Resident’s Physician of a Change in Their Condition Including a Decline in Their Health That Led to Death
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/13/2016, an Illinois state investigator noted during an annual licensure and certification survey that the facility failed to “notify the physician, resident’s legal representative and/or interested family member in a timely manner of a change in condition and/or of a pharmacy consult drug interaction.” The state investigator noted that “this failure resulted in [the resident] being transferred to a local hospital.”
The state investigator noted upon review of a resident’s March 2016 Vital Summary Report that at 2:31 AM on 03/17/2016, the resident’s “pulse was 56 (irregular-new onset). No documentation could be found that [the resident’s] doctor, power of attorney or family was made aware of the new onset of irregular, low heart rate.”
A review of the resident’s 2:30 AM 03/18/2016 Health Status Note revealed that the resident “was having wet sounding coughing complained of a hard time breathing and was experiencing chest pain that was continuous and non-radiating and in the center of her chest and held her right hand in a fist over the area at the mid-neck line between her breasts.”
At that time, the resident indicated “she felt like she should go to the hospital.” However, the nurse did not send the resident “to the hospital at that time but gave [the resident] an antacid an informed [the resident] that chest pain may subside in a few minutes.”
The documentation revealed that “the nurse went back to the nurse’s station to resume charting” before being summoned by a Certified Nursing Assistant who would enter the resident’s room. “When the nurse arrived [the resident’s] eyes were open and her gaze was becoming fixed, no pulse at 2:50 AM. CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and chest compressions were started and continued until EMS (Emergency Medical Services) arrived. This document goes on to state that the hospital informed the facility of [the resident’s] death at 3:44 AM.”
The state investigator interviewed the resident’s primary care physician on the morning of 05/13/2016 who stated that “the expectation would be that the staff would notify him or someone from his office if there was a change in the resident and/or if there was a change in the normal status of the resident or their condition.
The primary care physician stated that “the facility will notify him often of different things by fax and could not remember being made aware of [the resident’s] irregular 56 heart rate on [just prior to her death].”
Metropolis Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you and your family members believe that your grandparent, parent or spouse died prematurely or suffered serious injury while the resident at Metropolis Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Our Illinois team of dedicated attorneys provide legal representation in victim cases that involve abuse and neglect occurring in nursing facilities in Illinois.
We encourage you to contact our Massac County elder abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your free, full case evaluation. We provide immediate legal representation without any upfront payment or fee. Our legal services are paid only after we have successfully resolved your case in a court of law or through a negotiated out-of-court settlement.