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Illinois Veterans Demand New Skilled Nursing Care Facility After Quincy Legionnaires’ Disease Tragedy

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Illinois Veterans Release Capital Report Requesting $200+ Million for New Veterans Home

In 2015, the misdiagnoses and poorly managed care of residents with Legionnaires’ disease claimed the lives of 13 residents of a state-run veterans home in Quincy. One in 10 people will die from acquiring Legionnaires’ disease under normal circumstances, but if the disease is contracted from a health care facility, the odds of death jump to one in 4. Since the incident, the Combined Veterans’ Capital Needs Task Force has been working endlessly to prevent a tragedy like this from occurring again and is now demanding the state of Illinois build a $200+ million state-of-the-art skilled nursing care facility to address safe water supply needs. The recommendations come from the Combined Veterans’ Capital Needs Task Force Report released on May 1, 2018 and includes:

  • Building a new, state-of-the art skilled nursing care facility that could house up to 300 residents.
  • Constructing a new, underground water loop that feeds existing buildings and new construction.
  • Develop an alternate water source and make improvements to the existing water treatment facility as necessary.
  • Purchase and renovate the closed, off-site nursing facility to provide a safe and comfortable temporary living environment for up to 180 IVHQ residents. The facility could hold up to 90 residents permanently.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 80 percent of all cases of Legionnaires’ are contracted at a long-term care facility and hospitals are responsible for as many as 18 percent of all cases. Proper maintenance of water supplies along with quick recognition of symptoms and treatment associated with diseases like Legionnaires’ are essential to preventing deaths. While advanced age is a risk factor for the disease, it also must be known that the water systems within nursing home facilities are not overseen with as much care as other facilities such as hotels or apartment complexes.

Costs to complete the Task Force’s recommended reconstruction projects are estimated between $202 million and $245 million and will require the approval and appropriation of the Illinois General Assembly.

Nursing Home Residents Deserve to be Protected Against Legionnaires’ Disease

In 2018, Legionnaires’ Disease should not be a risk factor in health care environments, a place where vulnerable patients who are already ill have less positive outcomes when preventative measures are not taken to reduce additional health concerns. If someone you love has fallen ill or died from Legionnaires’ Disease while a resident of a nursing home, a patient at a hospital, or a guest or resident of any other type of care facility, the Illinois nursing home and personal injury attorneys of Levin and Perconti can help you determine if you have cause to pursue legal action.

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