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3 Central Illinois nursing homes, including Westminster, fined by state

Pantagraph - 1/26/2019

Jan. 25--BLOOMINGTON -- Three Central Illinois long-term care facilities, including Westminster Village in Bloomington, have been cited with violations by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) after one resident at each facility required hospitalization the agency says was preventable.

Evenglow Lodge in Pontiac, Manor Court of Clinton and Westminster each were cited with A violations and fined $25,000 by IDPH. An A violation refers to a situation in which there is a probability that serious harm or death will result.

The citations and fines were among 28 alleged type A violations of the state Nursing Home Act by long-term care facilities statewide, the IDPH announced late Thursday. IPDH releases alleged violations and fines each quarter. Violations were processed between October and December 2018.

Westminster, at 2025 E. Lincoln St., Bloomington, was cited by IDPH for "failure to supervise a unit, to communicate an increase in exit-seeking behaviors, to ensure a door alarm sounded and to develop a care plan for wandering/exit-seeking behaviors."

According to the IDPH report, a 98-year-old resident of Westminster's nursing home, using a wheelchair, went from a supervised unit into the assisted living side of Westminster and fell down a flight of stairs. The resident suffered multiple injuries that required emergency care and hospitalization.

Westminster CEO Barb Nathan released the following statement to The Pantagraph on Friday: "Westminster Village has worked with all regulatory agencies throughout the survey process and has returned substantial compliance with all requirements. With respect to the Notice of Violation that IDPH issued, Westminster Village has appealed the notice and, therefore, cannot comment about a pending matter."

Evenglow Lodge, 215 E. Washington St., Pontiac, was cited "for failure to inform the physician of a resident's increase in possible infection symptoms and failure to protect the physical privacy of residents."

The IDPH report said the facility didn't inform a resident's physician of symptoms of a possible urinary tract infection for timely treatment, resulting in the resident's hospitalization.

Manor Court of Clinton, 1 Park Lane West, Clinton, was cited "for failure to complete and document weekly skin assessments and implement pressure-relieving methods to prevent pressure ulcers." According to the IDPH report, this resulted in a resident acquiring two pressure ulcers, requiring hospitalization for a wound infection that required surgery.

Messages seeking comment from representatives of Evenglow and Manor Court were not immediately returned Friday.

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