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Michigan nursing home fires two whistle-blowers

Two employees of a Michigan nursing home chain, Metron Integrated Health Systems filed confidential complaints in April alleging understaffing at the nursing home which lead to inadequate care. The nurses alleged that short staffing lead to patients who did not receive medications on time, nurses performing procedures for which they were unqualified, and falsified medical records.

When the employees’ supervisors failed to correct the problems, the employees filed complaints with the state Department of Community Health. The chain’s newly hired Chief of Operations said he did not know why the employees were fired, although another Metron employee said they were considered to be troublemakers for filing the complaints with the state.

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