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Lawmaker divests troubled Illinois nursing home stake

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Illinois state Senator Heather Steans has divested her ownership interest in a southwest suburban nursing home that has faced repeated citations for serious patient neglect. Some of the citations for patient neglect include medical failures that allegedly contributed to the Illinois wrongful death of two patients. Last December, two patients died at Evergreen Health Care Center in Evergreen Park while the Care Center provided substandard care that moved state health authorities earlier this month to revoke the facility’s license. Despite the move and the two alleged Illinois wrongful deaths, Evergreen continues to operate while contesting the revocation before an administrative law judge.

State Senator Steans had no operational role in the Illinois nursing home, but following a previous Chicago Tribune report on the facility, Senator Steans shed her 2.8 percent interest in the nursing home. Illinois wrongful death lawyer Steven Levin responded that “it’s shocking that somebody who has been an advocate for nursing home reform has an ownership in a home that has a repeated background of citations.” Illinois nursing home abuse firm Levin & Perconti filed an Illinois nursing home neglect lawsuit against Evergreen last week. The Illinois wrongful death lawsuit alleges that the nursing home missed doses of the victim’s medications, failed to keep a log charting her medicines, and failed to inform the victim’s doctor that her blood test results were abnormal.

Senator Steans stated that she has never been deferential to the nursing home industry. She stated that she has been the most vocal advocate for Illinois nursing home reform and high standards in the state. Once a dollar value is assigned to Steans’s shares in the nursing home, her foundation will donate that amount to charities that serve senior citizens.

Errors at the Illinois nursing home have included medication dosing errors, including patients not receiving their pain medications. One state report disclosed that a 54 year-old woman with malignant breast cancer had been suffering excruciating pain, crying, yelling, and screaming at the edge of her bed because she had not received her pain medication.

Follow the link to read the entire report on the Illinois nursing home.