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Nursing Home Sued In Patient's Death

Feb 20, 2003 | AP

Silas Creek Manor, a nursing home already in trouble with the state and Medicare for problems with resident care, was sued for negligence and malpractice after a patient's death.

The patient, Donald Smith, 65, died early in the morning of May 7 after suffering an illness for two days. He was admitted to the nursing home April 26 for rehabilitation after a hip fracture.

His daughter Sheila Smith, the administrator of his estate, has sued the home's parent company, Kindred Nursing Centers East, and K. Daniel Goodwin, the home's former administrator, for more than $40,000 in Forsyth Superior Court.

Representatives of Silas Creek Manor said they wouldn't comment on pending lawsuits.

A state inspection May 16 showed that response to the problems that night was not adequate. Silas Creek administrators filled out a plan of correction that included plans for more staff training and having an internal committee review the case.

The nursing home ran into more trouble after a September inspection found more problems at the home, mostly dealing with the dispensing of medication.

When the problems were still not fixed in December, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid declared the nursing home in denial of payment, meaning that the nursing home cannot accept new Medicare or Medicaid patients.

If the home doesn't meet state standards by March 26, the state will recommend that the provider agreement between the nursing home and the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid be terminated, according to a letter sent to the nursing home.

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