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New Administrator Hired for DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center

The DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center now has a permanent administrator after more than five months of operating under interim leadership. According to a report published on February 20 in The DeKalb Daily Chronicle, the county nursing home’s operating board recently voted, 7-0, to approve Cheryl Vittorio of Elgin as the new administrator. Vittorio was previously the interim administrator of another nursing home and rehabilitation facility in Jacksonville, Illinois. Jeff Whelan, DeKalb County Board member and chairman of the DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center Operating Board, said her base pay will be $112,000 a year and increase after a six-month probationary period. The previous administrator was no longer employed at the facility as of September 19 when the board found that leadership responsibilities fell short on many situations.

Prior to the administrator’s departure, the facility was fined a Type “A” violation in total of $25,000 after a patient fell and was seriously injured when improperly moved to a bed, according to a quarterly report from the Illinois Department of Public Health. A Type “A” violation pertains to an incident in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm will result, or has resulted. DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center is a large facility with 190 beds and has county ownership. It is located in DeKalb, Illinois and participates in Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Poor Leadership Equates to Laxed Workers and Hazardous Care Environments

It’s alarming but not surprising to find out that most nursing homes actually have fewer staff than they report or tell families, including permanent employees in leadership positions. While we don’t know if this was the case in DeKalb, what we do know is when there are not sufficient care workers or leadership at a facility, it is almost always the nursing home residents who will suffer. Our Illinois nursing home neglect lawyers have worked on many cases where understaffing and concerns with administrative leadership created an easy environment for residents to become neglected, abused and mistreated by care staff.

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The attorneys of Levin & Perconti have focused on providing justice to nursing home abuse and neglect victims and their loved ones for over three decades. Our unwavering commitment to our clients and our experience fighting nursing homes both large and small have allowed us to secure numerous record-setting verdicts and settlements for families just like yours. Located in Chicago, we’ve litigated and settled cases throughout the city of Chicago, surrounding suburbs, and the entire state of Illinois.

If you suspect neglect or abuse of a loved one in a nursing home, please contact us now for a FREE consultation with one of our attorneys. Call us toll free at 1-877-374-1417, in Chicago at (312) 332-2872, or complete our online case evaluation form.

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