Four area nursing homes fined for violations in third quarter

Four area nursing homes fined for violations in third quarter

SPRINGFIELD — Four nursing homes in Champaign and Piatt counties have been fined by the Illinois Department of Public Health in connection with violations from July through September.

They include the Champaign County Nursing Home in Urbana, Champaign-Urbana Nursing and Rehab in Savoy, Illini Heritage Rehab and Health in Champaign and Bement Health Care Center, according to a report released Friday by IDPH.

The largest fines among the four were assessed against the Savoy and Bement facilities, each of which was fined $25,000 for type-A violations — the second-most serious violation category in which a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm either will occur or has occurred.

Champaign Urbana Nursing and Rehab, a 213-bed skilled-care facility, failed to provide special dietary needs to a resident who ultimately died from choking on food, according to the state.

Bement Health Care Center, a 60-bed skilled-care facility, failed to keep a resident safe while riding in the facility's van. The resident fell from the van while in a wheelchair and suffered broken bones, cuts and a head injury, according to IDPH.

The Champaign County Nursing Home was fined $500 for a type-C violation, defined as a condition or occurrence related to the operation and maintenance of a facility that creates a substantial probability that less than minimal physical or mental harm to a resident will result.

According to an IDPH inspection report, the county nursing home didn't meet minimum staffing requirements for two days in July.

Illini Heritage Rehab and Health was fined $2,200 for a type-B violation, defined as a condition or occurrence related to facility operation and maintenance that is more likely than not to cause more than minimal physical or mental harm to a resident.

According to a state inspection report for that facility, it failed to implement pressure-relieving interventions, failed to measure wounds weekly, failed to report a development of and changes in a pressure ulcer condition to a doctor and failed to request pressure ulcer treatment orders for one of three residents reviewed for pressure ulcers.

Double fines were assessed against Illini Heritage Rehab and Health, Champaign-Urbana Nursing and Rehab and Bement Health Care Center because violations were considered to be in a high-risk category, according to IDPH.

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