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Two Peoria nursing homes fined by state

Journal Star - 1/29/2020

Jan. 29--PEORIA -- Two Peoria skilled-care facilities were fined $25,000 apiece by state regulators for violations to the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act.

The fines, levied to Generations at Peoria and Sharon Health Care Pines by the Illinois Department of Public Health, were type "A" violations that pertain to a condition in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm will result, or has resulted.

Generations, a 144-bed skilled care facility located at 5600 N. Glen Elm Drive, was cited for "failure to ensure a resident was free from abuse and sexual assault."

Becky Hubbard, the facility's administrator, said Generations has been fully cooperative with the state and is committed to providing a safe place for their clients. She decline to comment further, saying the company was "disputing" the violation.

A call to Sharon Health Care Pines wasn't immediately returned.

In the citation, investigators noted an Aug. 17, 2019, incident where a resident said she was sleeping and woke up to a man having sex with her. Staff at the facility noted that when they checked on her that night, they saw her terrified in her bed with her underwear around her ankles and her gown pulled up. A medical exam confirmed that an assault had occurred. The police were notified, but it wasn't clear if anyone had been arrested based upon IDPH records.

Sharon Health Care Pines, a 116-bed intermediate care facility located at 3614 North Rochelle Lane, was cited for "failure to verify a resident's advance directive and not performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation."

Staff, the IDPH said, had failed to check with a patient's advance directive on whether CPR should be done or not if that patient had to be resuscitated. As such, CPR wasn't done, and the patient died, the report noted.

The incident occurred on June 6, 2019, when the woman was found unresponsive in her bathroom. When paramedics arrived, they were initially told she had a DNR, or a do not resuscitate order. However, that was later found to be in error. It was unclear how long the patient had been there.

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