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North Ridge Care Center Employee Stole Narcotic Medication from Nursing Home Residents

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

June 4, 2013

A Minnesota Department of Health investigation has found that an employee of the North Ridge Care Center was stealing a resident’s prescription painkillers. The employee was also found to have been stealing prescription medication from at least 12 other residents of the New Hope, Minnesota nursing home, although the number of residents impacted may have been as high as 24, according to the MDH report.  [Report no. H5183093]

According to the MDH report:

  • After the suspected employee left the facility, another nurse spotted a discrepancy in the medication charting for one of the residents;
  • When confronted by administrative staff, the suspected employee admitted to taking  prescription Oxycodone tablets from the resident for the employee’s own personal use;
  • The employee also admitted to taking narcotic medication from several other residents over a four-month period;
  • The suspected employee was terminated from employment at the facility; and
  • The case was forwarded to the county attorney’s office for possible prosecution.

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The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represents clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by nursing homes and other care facilities that fail to provide proper care. If you believe your or your loved one has suffered medication errors because the nursing home failed to do its job, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

Details About the North Ridge Care Center Nursing Home in Minnesota

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

May 31, 2013

This 397-bed nursing home received a “below average” for its Overall rating, according to Medicare’s 2012 annual report. Additionally, the facility received a “much below average” for its Health Inspection rating. North Ridge Care Center was cited with 7 health deficiencies. These include the facility’s:

  • Failure to hire only people with no legal history of abusing, neglecting, or mistreating residents, or report and investigate any acts or reports of abuse, neglect, or mistreatment of residents;
  • Failure to develop and implement policies for screening and training employees, and the prevention, identification, investigation, and reporting of any abuse, neglect, mistreatment and misappropriation of property;
  • Failure to provide care by qualified persons according to each resident’s written plan of care;
  • Failure to give residents proper treatment to prevent new bed (pressure) sores or heal existing bed sores;
  • Failure to provide care for residents in a way that maintains or improves their dignity and respect in full recognition of their individuality; and
  • Failure to maintain drug records and properly mark/label drugs and other similar products according to accepted professional standards.

Additionally, Medicare has identified 5 complaints and facility reported incidents, including the facility’s failure to ensure that the nursing home area is free from accident hazards and provide adequate supervision to prevent avoidable accidents.

Finally, the Minnesota Department of Health has substantiated two reports of nursing home malpractice.

  • In October of 2011, MDH substantiated a report of neglect wherein the facility failed to adequately supervise a resident with a history of physical and verbal aggression. As a result, the resident wandered into the room of another resident and proceeded to physically beat her. The victimized resident sustained numerous bruises and abrasions. [Report no. H5183084]
  • In April of 2013, MDH substantiated a report of financial exploitation wherein an employee admitted to stealing prescribed narcotics from two residents. [Report no. H5183093]

The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represents clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by nursing homes and other care facilities that fail to provide proper care. If you believe your loved one has been harmed due to a nursing home’s failures, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

Resident-to-Resident Assault in Minnesota Nursing Homes

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

March 12, 2013

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) completed its investigations of neglect concerns at two area nursing homes: North Ridge Care Center in New Hope and Bywood East Health Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Two separate complaints were filed with the MDH alleging that the facilities failed to adequately supervise residents with histories of aggressive and harassing behaviors.

The MDH investigated the matter at North Ridge Care Center and found that although the resident had a well-documented history of violent behavior, the facility failed to adequately implement interventions to protect other residents. As a result, another resident in the facility suffered emotional and physical injuries – including multiple bruises, abrasions and lacerations – when the aggressive resident entered her room and hit her. The MDH investigated the matter at Bywood East Health Care and found that staff failed to report a resident’s reports of ongoing and unwelcome sexual contact by another resident. After the resident reported this unwelcome sexual contact, staff failed to document any response or interventions for fourteen days. The MDH determined that the nursing homes were responsible for neglect of their residents.  [Case nos. H5183084 and HE185024]

Medicare rates nursing homes, including Bywood East Health Care, a 100-bed nursing home facility.  Medicare has assigned an overall rating to Bywood East as a “below average” facility.  According to Medicare Bywood East is “much below average” as it relates to health inspections and below average for staffing ratios. In its last standard health inspection, Bywood Health received an above average number of health deficiencies (12 compared to a state average of 6.9).

If you believe your loved one has been harmed due to a nursing home’s neglect, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.