I’ve just heard a story which, if true, bothers me a great deal. According to the story, it appears our local hospital, Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, may have employees of a certain nursing home chain working in their hospital “assisting” discharged patients in finding an appropriate nursing home.

Why would a hospital allow outside personnel to provide guidance to its patients on which local nursing home would best suit the patient’s needs? Would it be a situation of “you scratch my back and I will scratch your back”?

The discharge departments of all hospitals should be staffed with hospital employees who provide patients with accurate and unbiased advice and recommendations about which nursing home would best suit the needs of the patient.

Has anyone encountered this problem?

Dan Frith
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