Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community in Chenoa, Illinois, has been served with a lawsuit by the family of a deceased resident who was the victim of online photo shaming by an employee from the nursing home. The employee, believed to be Samantha Brown, was terminated when the facility was made aware that she, along with her then boyfriend, Michael Scurlock, had posted pictures of multiple residents in various states of undress while doing routine activities such as bathing, using the toilet, and sleeping. McLean County prosecutors are currently filing charges against the couple, after local police reviewed over 50,000 documents and records, including those from internet providers and Facebook. The graphic images were posted to Facebook earlier this year.
In March, the employee (identified in the lawsuit as Jane Doe but believed to be Samantha Brown, a former CNA) notified Meadows that the photos were posted online, including to the the nursing home’s own Facebook page. She told Meadows, IDPH, and police that she believed photos she and other Meadows employees had taken were stolen by her ex-boyfriend and shared online.
Nursing Home Failed to Report Illicit Photos to Authorities
The nursing home itself is also in hot water and was fined $25,000 by the Illinois Department of Public Health for not taking steps to prevent the incident, as well as for failure to report it to authorities. Before the fine was issued, Meadows CEO told the media that they had notified IDPH as soon as the infraction was discovered.
Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community is a non-profit church related facility with a rating of ‘Below Average’ by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Meadows has also spent 17 months on CMS’ Special Focus Facilities list, a designation that indicates “a history of persistent, poor quality of care.” As of this October, the facility was still on the list.