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Former Iowa nursing home executive indicted for covering up injuries

A former executive at Iowa’s largest nursing home chain has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly ordering caregivers to conceal a resident’s injuries from health inspectors. Larry Hinman, formerly with West Des Moines Care Initiative, is believed to be the first corporate-level nursing home official in Iowa to face criminal charges for allegations related to resident care. When a resident at Indian Hills, a Care Initiatives facility, fell from a chair in June 1999 and was seriously injured, Hinman and a nurse consultant hired by the company agreed to conceal information about the resident’s fall and subsequent hospitalization. Earlier this year, the home was cited for failing to adequately supervise residents and prevent injuries. Hinman is alleged to have called the Indian Hills administrator and ordered the staff to refrain from sharing with inspectors any information about the incident. He is also accused of telling a nurse to keep inspectors from seeing the injured resident.