VIRGINIA NURSING HOME MEDICAL DIRECTOR IN THE NEWS

….and it is not in a good way! A woman whose mother was a resident at Heritage Hall nursing home in Front Royal, Virginia has serious issues with the facility’s medical director, Dr. Lewis A. Rogatnick. According to the Board of Medicine of the Department of Health Professions of Virginia, Rogatnick gave false information when applying for a medical license in Virginia in October 1998. His license was suspended, but stayed based on the payment of a $3,000 fine.

The Board of Medicine says that Rogatnick said he had not ever voluntarily surrendered his clinical privileges when he had. On Nov. 12, 1996, “the Executive Committee of the Medical Staff at Jennings American Legion Hospital, Jennings Louisiana, summarily suspended his privileges for, among other things, his ‘disruptive and abusive behavior towards nurses, staff and other employees of the hospital … [was] … detrimental to patient care and functioning of the hospital … [and] proper care for your patients … [was] … believed to be impaired.'”

Dr. Rogatnick, 49, said he is the medical director at Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation nursing home in Winchester and an attending physician at Golden Living Center-Rose Hill in Berryville.

My Question: Why didn’t the owners of Heritage Hall investigate Dr. Rogatnick’s background BEFORE they placed him in charge of the health and well-being of elderly patients?

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Dan Frith

Dan Frith has over 25 years of experience representing individuals and families in cases of medical malpractice throughout Virginia. He has been named "Best Medical Malpractice Attorney" by Roanoker Magazine and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To speak with Dan, contact him by email at dfrith@frithlawfirm.com.