The type of care provided in long-term care centers, nursing homes, and facilities offering services to the developmentally disabled have changed significantly in recent years. Traditionally, most nursing home beds in the past were filled with frail patients. Today, however, many centers handle resource-intensive, complicated post-surgery and post-hospital care cases. Unfortunately, not every facility takes necessary measures to stay in compliance with Medicare, Medicaid and state/federal rules and regulations. The LTC abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent injured, mistreated and abused patients who reside at Illinois nursing homes like Trinity Medical Center – West.
Trinity Medical Center – West
This Nursing Facility is a ‘for profit’ Home providing cares and services to residents of Rock Island and Rock Island County, Illinois. The Medicare/Medicaid-approved 29-certified-bed Center is located at:
2701 17th Street
Rock Island, Il 61201
This full-service acute care center provides emergency care, endoscopic care, kidney dialysis and medical/surgical inpatient care.
Rock Island Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Both the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home database systems to reflect all health violations, filed complaints, safety concerns and opened investigations. This information can be reviewed on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Trinity Medical Center – West maintains an overall five out of five available star rating in the Medicare analysis system compared to all other facilities nationwide. This includes five out of five stars for both health inspections and staffing concerns and four out of five stars for quality measures. The Rock Island County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have viewed deficiencies and safety concerns at this facility that include:
- Failure to Ensure a Physician Attended a Quality Assessment and Assurance Committee Meeting
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/14/2016, an Illinois state surveyor performed an annual licensure and certification survey, noting the facility’s failure to make sure a “physician attendance at Quality Assessment and Assurance committee meetings. This has the potential to affect all 15 residents who reside in the facility.”
The state investigator noted that the documents recording the Quarterly Quality Assessment and Assurance (QA) committee meetings held on numerous dates between 10/15/2015 and 06/20/2016 did not have the signature of the Medical Director as verification of attendance.
The facility Director of Nursing could not provide the QA Policy when asked on the morning of 07/14/2016. On that date, the MDS/Minimum Data Set Nurse stated that they are “on the QA committee and documents & files the QA minutes.” When asked, the Nurse stated that the Medical Director “has not attended a meeting since 02/23/2016.”
Why Doctors Are Important in Nursing Care Settings
Doctors providing medical attention to residents in nursing facilities wears a variety of hats. Many serve as the home’s Medical Director and/or might also be the attending physician. To improve care, the doctor is legally responsible for the care of the resident whenever the resident’s physician is not present inside the Center. At these times, the doctor is dependent on the quality of information and medical records maintained by the staff to ensure that competent care is being carried out when the staff is fulfilling treatment orders.
The behavior of the physician and nursing staff can contribute to ineffective communication when providing care to a resident in a long-term care setting. Because of that, it is essential that the physician participates in as many Quality Assurance (QA) Meetings as possible to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the problems that need addressing inside the unit. This is because the doctor can provide an elevated level of skill, knowledge, and experience required in providing care, especially to residents with medically complex issues.
It is the duty of the nursing staff an Administrator to collaborate with the facility’s Medical Director to create a safe environment that is highly conducive to delivering appropriate health-related services and medical care. In addition, it is also a requirement to provide guidance a compliance with national and state regulatory guidelines and provide support to ensure the responsibilities are fulfilled.
It is also the requirement of the medical director and attending physicians to ensure that the medical care every resident receives is monitored and supervised by doctor who understands the practice and principles of geriatric/complex medicine, unusual medical complexities, and pertinent medical disciplines that deal with geriatric, chronic and acute conditions.
Rock Island Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one was mistreated, neglected or abused as a patient at Trinity Medical Center – West, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. For years, our Rock Island attorneys have successfully resolved Illinois nursing home abuse, neglect, and mistreatment cases. Our team can ensure a positive outcome in your claim for compensation.
We urge you to contact our Rock Island County elder abuse law office at (888) 424-5757. Schedule your appointment today to speak with one of our experienced lawyers for your free comprehensive claim review. You do not need to make any upfront payment for our legal services because we accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee agreements. This means our fees are paid only after we have successfully resolved your claim for compensation by negotiating an acceptable out of court settlement or winning your case at trial.