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State and Feds Threaten to Close Somerset Place Nursing Home in Chicago

State and federal authorities have warned the Chicago nursing home Somerset Place that it will be shut down unless it quickly fixes its safety breaches. They claim that these breaches put “the health and safety of…residents in immediate jeopardy.” A 10-day investigation led the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to warn Somerset Place that it would be terminated in 23 days unless the problems were corrected. A public health department spokeswoman stated that this was a very serious decision for Illinois state health inspectors. The Chicago Tribune reported that Somerset Place allowed the murder of a resident who had been prostituting herself and using crack cocaine when living at the home. The home specializes in the treatment of mentally ill adults and houses 66 felons among its 400 residents. It has been cited repeatedly for patient safety violations. Also Chicago police have investigated incidents of sexual assault and drug use at the home. To read more about the possible closing of Somerset Place nursing home, please click the link.