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December 2010

Missouri’s Board of Healing Arts – are they watching out for you? According to a recently published St. Louis Post Dispatch article, the answer is “no”

St. Louis Post Dispatch reporters Jeremy Kohler and Blythe Bernhard conducted an investigation that revealed years of accountability failures on the part of the Board and various government officials. The investigation revealed: – The Board of Healing Arts won’t disclose even the most basic information about the doctor. The website…

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The untimely death of a Colorado nursing home resident has prompted an investigation by the Colorado Health Department and Commerce City Police Department

Fifty-seven-year-old Angela Guerra suffered severe injuries to her face in early December, reportedly after running into a wall at the Woodridge Park Nursing Home. Her children are questioning the nursing home’s explanation in light of a conversation with a hospital social worker, who reportedly told them, “The wounds on her…

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An eighty-five year old female resident was allegedly assaulted by an employee of the Emeritus Senior Living Center

An eighty-five-year-old female resident was allegedly assaulted by an employee of the Emeritus Senior Living Center, a nursing home facility located in Charlotte, North Carolina. According to a report compiled by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the staffer reportedly kicked the woman in her legs sometime between December 18 and December…

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Deborah Riggs, a narcotics charge nurse at Halstead Health and Rehabilitation Center in Kansas, pleaded guilty on December 13, 2010 to one count of consumer product tampering and one count of adulteration of a drug

Deborah Riggs, a narcotics charge nurse at Halstead Health and Rehabilitation Center in Kansas, pleaded guilty on December 13, 2010 to one count of consumer product tampering and one count of adulteration of a drug. She faces up to ten years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 on…

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Ninety-one year old Esther Rannow moved into Benedictine Living Community in February 2007, less than one month after her 91st birthday. In early October 2007, she died after being dropped at the facility

Ninety-one year old Esther Rannow moved into Benedictine Living Community in February 2007, less than one month after her 91st birthday. In early October 2007, she died after being dropped at the facility. On October 6, 2007, Esther Rannow’s family met her at the hospital after an injury at the…

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Sixty-one year old Artestine Ramey and twenty-four year old Jessica Washington targeted seniors, disabled people and nursing home residents in a ID and utility theft scheme that they masterminded

Reportedly, Ramey and an accomplice would set up accounts with utility companies using identities of seniors, disabled individuals, or nursing home residents. Ramey reportedly had access to the victims’ personal information, although how she obtained the information is unknown. Ramey allegedly would set up utility accounts for people who could…

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A ninety-one year old resident of Chino Valley Health Care Center died from injuries he sustained in a brutal attack at the hands of another resident

John Lazzaro was viciously assaulted in his room on November 23 by fellow resident, Matthew Harvey. Lazzaro suffered severe trauma in the attack and suffered facial wounds; his arm had to be amputated due to the severity of his injuries. Lazzaro died December 4 from his injuries. Following the brutal…

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State Representative Tom Burch (D-Louisville) has pre-filed a bill designed to revamp the system for investigating nursing home deaths in Kentucky

The proposed legislation would require all deaths to be reported to the county coroner within 24 hours by a specific staff member at long-term care facilities and hospices. Current state law only requires facilities to notify coroners in the event the death is “other than natural”. As a result, coroners…

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