NURSING HOME HIT WITH $740,000 FINE

It should have been more….

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has fined a Tennessee nursing home nearly $740,000 over findings detailed in a state inspection.

The inspection report by the Tennessee Department of Health lists a number of minor infractions and five serious ones at Spring Meadows Health Care Center in Clarksville, Tennessee. The most significant infraction was lack of supervision and other precautions that led to a resident repeatedly suffering serious injuries from falls.

The investigation revealed instances of verbal and physical abuse perpetrated by residents who were not properly handled by the staff. The report also described an incident where a resident was transferred to a different room when she complained that the staff would not not give her neighbor a bath or change the neighbor’s clothing. The resident was asked why she did not refuse the transfer and the resident responded, “They told me if I opened my mouth, I would be disciplined.”

My Take: These incidents of bad and abusive care are not the result of some rogue employee…they are the result of corporate greed which places profit over people. I wish criminal charges had been filed against the owners and operators of the facility.

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.