Ambassador Nursing & Rehab Center releases COVID-19 statistics showing 101 COVID infections and 9 deaths. Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19
On May 15, 2020, Ambassador Nursing & Rehab Center, located in Chicago, Illinois, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases. These statics confirm that 101 infections and 9 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Based on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Quarterly Reports of Nursing Home Violations, Ambassador Nursing & Rehab Center was found to be in violation of several policies and procedures prescribed by the the Illinois Department of Public Health.
For Quarter 1 of 2017 (January – March), Ambassador Nursing & Rehab Center was fined for a Type A Violation of the Code, including, but not limited to, Sections: 300.610(a), 300.1210(b), 300.1210(c), 300.1210(d)(6), and 300.3240(a). Specifically, a survey conducted on December 20, 2016, found Ambassador Nursing & Rehab Center failed to ensure policies and procedures for aspiration precautions and meal services were followed, and further failed to adequately supervise residents on aspiration precautions. Additionally, the facility failed to identify a resident choking in the dining room which resulted in that resident dying.
For Quarter 3 of 2018 (July – September), Ambassador Nursing & Rehab Center was fined for a Type C Violation of the Code, including, but not limited to, Sections: 300.610(a), 300.1210(b), 300.1210(d)(3), and 300.3240(a). Specifically, a survey conducted on July 26, 2018, found the facility failed to provide physician-ordered pain medications to performing wound care to residents causing those residents excruciating pain during wound care procedures.
For Quarter 1 of 2019 (January – March), Ambassador Nursing & Rehab Center was fined for a Type B Violation of the Code, including but not limited to, Sections: 300.610(a), 300.1210(b), 300.1210(d)(6), 300.1220(b)(3), and 300.3240(a). Specifically, based on a survey conducted November 21, 2018, the facility was found to have failed to follow its policy on preventing falls and implementation of fall risk interventions to reduce or prevent the risk of falling. These failures were found to have resulted in a resident suffering from a fall causing extreme hardship and pain for that resident.
The Illinois Department of Public Health conducts yearly recertification procedures in which nursing homes are subjected to a review of their regulatory history and any violations occurring at the home. Furthermore, during the recertification process, when a nursing home has been found to have committed a regulatory violation, the facility is subsequently required to submit a plan of correction for how it will remedy the violation or prevent similar violations from occurring in the future.
For Ambassador Nursing & Rehab Center, a recertification survey was conducted on May 13, 2016, in which the facility was found to be in violation of Section 483.15(e)(1) for failure to provide reasonable accommodation of needs and preferences, and further found to be in violation of Section 483.25 for failure to provide care and services for highest well-being. Specifically, the facility failed to provide a resident the required assistance with eating. Moreover, Ambassador Nursing & Rehab Center failed to administer the physician ordered pain medication to a resident.
The facility submitted the requisite plan of correction following this survey, in which it purported to establish new measures to ensure the prior regulatory violations would not be committed in the future. However, as the aforementioned Quarterly Violations indicate, Ambassador Nursing & Rehab Center failed to comply with its plan of correction. In Quarter 1 of 2017, the facility was found to have failed in meal assistance and supervision, which was mentioned as a violation in the 2016 recertification survey. Additionally, in Quarter 3 of 2018, the facility was found to have failed to provide physician ordered medication to a resident, the same violation that was found in the 2016 recertification survey.
Furthermore, the recertification survey conducted on June 29, 2017, found the facility to have failed in providing a safe, functional, sanitary, and comfortable environment for residents and the public. Additionally, the survey found the facility failed to follow a physician order regarding administration of blood pressure medication to a resident. Demonstrating another example of the facility’s failure to adequately implement its plan of correction procedures as it violated a similar regulation in 2016.
These similar violations have continued to occur at Ambassador Nursing & Rehab Center as the recertification survey conducted on July 26, 2018 found another failure to provide physician ordered medication. Moreover, that same survey again found a failure to maintain a safe and sanitary environment, including a failure to maintain cleanliness and good repair of resident bathrooms.
Lastly, in the recertification survey for 2019, conducted on May 9, 2019, the facility was found to have failed to follow their Policy for Reporting Procedure to the State agency, Illinois Department of Public Health, for abuse and suspicious death of a resident. The survey further notes the facility’s failure to implement safety measures including adequate supervision and assistance to prevent resident’s from falling. As previously mentioned, the facility was cited for similar violations in the Quarter 1 Report for 2019. The 2019 recertification survey also references numerous violations in disposing of expired medication and failing to adequately date and label medications.
Founding partner Steven M. Levin described these outbreaks in many Illinois Nursing Homes: “for many years prior to this outbreak, Ambassador Nursing & Rehab Center operated with insufficient staff and with a lack of adherence to recognized infection control protocols. It is not surprising that they were ill equipped to handle this outbreak.”
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