Medical Malpractice in St. Paul, Minnesota Sends Man onto Operating Room Floor

Max DeVries, 61, had a stroke and was admittied to St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. Days later he was scheduled for a lumbar drain replacement. While under anesthesia, Max rolled off of the operating table, hitting his head on an area where doctors had previously removed part of his skull to relieve inflammation of his brain. The fall resulted in severe bleeding on the brain. Mr. DeVries was taken to have a CT scan of the brain, and died on April 13th of a massive stroke. DeVries' family believes that his death was caused by the fall in the operating room. When hospital staff alerted DeVries family of the accident, they said … [Read more...]

Bedsores in NJ Nursing Homes are a Sign of Abuse and Neglect

A Bedsore, also known as a pressure sore or pressure ulcer, is defined by the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel as a localized injury to the skin and/or underlying tissue, usually over a bony prominence, as a result of pressure, or pressure in combination with shear and/or friction. In laymen's terms, it's a wound that forms when someone spends too much time in a bed without moving or changing position. Bedsores or Pressure Sores are often located on bony prominences because these places suffer the most from oxygen deprivation due to lack of blood flow. Think of when your leg falls asleep after you've been sitting on it for a … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse Case Ends in $114 Million Verdict

A Florida jury has awarded $114 million in compensatory and punitive damages to the family of a woman who was victimized, and eventually killed, by nursing home abuse and negligence. Juanita Jackson, 76, died July 6, 2003, after a stay at Integrated Health Services in Auburndale, FL. She was injured after a fall, and then dealt with further complications including bedsores, malnutrition, dehydration, and intentional overmedication. The judgement came as a default judgement since Integrated Health Services , after years of litigation, stopped participating in the case. On July 7th, a jury awarded what is believed to be the biggest … [Read more...]

The 10 Worst Nursing Homes in the Tri-County Area: #1

Gloucester Manor (Gloucester) And the number 1 nursing home guilty of nursing home abuse is the Gloucester Manor in Sewell, New Jersey. Gloucester Manor is a for profit corporation participating in Medicare and Medicaid, and containing 139 beds. Inspectors reported a number of deficiencies (which could potentially lead to nursing home abuse) after two inspections. Those deficiencies included failures to: Only hire people without legal history of abuse or neglect Protect each resident from all abuse, physical punishment, and being separated from others Provide care that supports the highest quality of life Provide professional … [Read more...]

The 10 Worst Nursing Homes in the Tri-County Area: #2

Manorcare Health Services (Gloucester) Manorcare Health Services in West Deptford, New Jersey is number 2 in our list of the ten nursing homes in the tri-county area guiltiest of nursing home negligence or nursing home abuse. It’s also the first facility we’ve seen in the list from Gloucester County. Inspectors reported some deficiencies in the facility that we have yet to see in any of the other nursing homes we’ve mentioned in this list. The home was noted to have failed in the following areas of the inspection: Hiring only people who have no legal history of abusing, neglecting, or mistreating residents Reporting and investigating … [Read more...]

The 10 Worst Nursing Homes in the Tri-County Area: #3

Manorcare Health Center (Camden) The third place facility in our blog series is the Manorcare Health Center in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Manorcare is a for profit corporation that participates in Medicare and Medicaid and holds 108 certified beds. Inspectors found that the quality of care Manorcare was providing to its residents was far less than professional or satisfactory (nursing home abuse). The facility staff failed to: Make sure residents nutritional needs were met Give care or service to get or keep the highest quality of life Make available for residents the results of facility surveys and … [Read more...]

The 10 Worst Nursing Homes in the Tri-County Area: #4

Lakewood of Voorhees (Camden) Our fourth place facility in the list of the ten worst nursing homes in the tri-county area is the Lakewood of Voorhees nursing home. Lakewood is a for profit corporation participating in Medicare and Medicaid, and holding 240 certified beds. Inspectors have found the facility to be guilty of nursing home negligence and nursing home abuse, and to be failing on a large number of counts to provide high quality, professional, and attentive care. Lakewood has a number of severe deficiencies involving their drug administering procedures, as their medicinal errors rate was above well above 5%.  Aside from  not … [Read more...]

The 10 Worst Nursing Homes in the Tri-County Area: #5

Manor Care, Voorhees (Camden) Fifth on our list of the ten worst nursing homes in the tri-county area is Manor Care in Voorhees, New Jersey. Manor Care is a for profit corporation participating in Medicare and Medicaid, and holding 120 certified beds. Manor care was found to have some very disturbing deficiencies (nursing home abuse). Inspections found that they failed at the following essential tasks of a nursing home or long term care facility: • to provide treatment to prevent new bedsores or heal existing ones • to make sure residents are safe from medicinal errors • to make sure areas are free of dangers that can cause … [Read more...]

The 10 Worst Nursing Homes in the Tri-County Area: #7

Lutheran Care (Burlington) Lutheran Care, located in Moorestown, NJ, is our #7 of the ten worst nursing homes in the tri-county area. It is a not for profit, church related organization that accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and contains 201 certified beds. Inspections found a number of issues with their drug administering procedures, issues that were definitely their biggest discretions. Lutheran Care failed to have licensed pharmacists check the residents’ drugs monthly. They had a higher than average rate of medicinal errors, including administering the wrong drugs, or the wrong dosages. They also kept inaccurate medical records. These drug … [Read more...]

10 Worst Nursing Homes in the Tri-County Area: #8

Burlington Woods (Burlington) Burlington Woods (a for-profit corporation) is a long-term care facility located in Burlington, New Jersey. It participates in Medicare and Medicaid, it has 227 certified beds, and it is #8 in our list of the ten worst long term care facilities in Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester counties. Based on the last two inspections the facility received, Burlington Woods is failing on a large number of counts to provide services that meet professional standards, and is instead providing negligent and abusive care (nursing home abuse). Inspection reports show isolated incidents of failure to maintain the dignity … [Read more...]