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State Moves to Revoke Chicago-Area Nursing Home License for Patient Neglect

According to the Chicago Tribune, Illinois health authorities have initiated the process to revoke the nursing home license of Evergreen Health Care Center in Evergreen Park, Illinois. This move comes after Evergreen received numerous citations for serious resident neglect. These citations include, failure to notify a doctor when a 90 year old patient suffering from pneumonia’s health worsened and again failure by the Evergreen staff to notify a doctor of a patient’s abnormal laboratory reports resulting in that patient’s death. The nursing home was also cited in August 2009 for failure to prevent maggots from infecting the scalp wound of a patient.

Additionally, in response to various safety breaches that were cited following inspections of the nursing home, Evergreen was added to the Federal Special Focus Facility List. The list is comprised of the nation’s most troubled nursing homes that have a history of serious quality issues. The list is part of a special program that aims to stimulate improvements in the nursing home’s quality of care.

According to State law, Evergreen can either voluntarily surrender their license or contest the revocation and request a hearing before an administrative law judge. Other Chicago facilities facing license revocation include Columbus Manor Residential Care Home, Rainbow Beach Care Center, Regal Health and Rehabilitation Center and Fox River Pavilion.

Our attorneys at Levin & Perconti are well aware of the problems at Evergreen. Most recently, two of our nursing home attorneys filed a nursing home negligence lawsuit against Evergreen for failure to prevent, monitor and treat several pressure sores that contributed to the death of a 77 year old patient. However, as our attorneys are well aware, problems such as these are not limited to Evergeen, but are prevalent in various nursing homes across the nation. We have filed a myriad of lawsuits against nursing homes for negligent care, including failure to prevent falls, unexplained bruises, excessive use of sedatives, rapid weight loss, etc.