I read with interest an article in a recent issue of the Star-Tribune newspaper. The article hailed plans for the construction of a new 85 bed nursing home for Chatham, Virginia. The Roanoke, Virginia firm of Smith/Packett is developing and building the new facility, which will be called the Chatham Health and Rehabilitation Center.

So far…so good.

The part of the story which concerns me is the newspaper’s report that Third Street Management from Hickory, North Carolina will manage the nursing home after it is constructed. It is almost always raises a “red flag” with me when one company builds the facility and another company runs and manages it.

A little research on Third Street Management reveals that it may be associated with Charles Trefzger Jr. and David Jones. All it takes is a little research in the News and Observer from Raleigh, NC and you find articles which state, “Rest homes run by…Trefzger and…Jones have had numerous violations and other problems cited by inspectors.” The article cites problems at numerous facilities in North Carolina including Hunter Hill Senior Village in Rocky Mount, Oak Haven Senior Village in Greenville, Country Club Prime Time in Raleigh, Countrytime Inn in Gaston County, Taylorsville House in Alexander County, and Kings Bridge House in Transylvania County.

My Take: I am happy for the residents of Chatham and the surrounding area but you better proceed with caution.

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 dfrith@frithlawfirm.com.