Ashland nursing home faces $18 million in neglect charges
An Ashland nursing home is facing legal trouble after one of their patient's family claims their mother experienced "extended suffering" in their care.
Staff and management at the Linda Vista Nursing and Rehab Center are facing up to $18 million in damages for neglect, filed by an elderly patient's daughter.
The lawsuit, filed by Laurie Jeandin who is the daughter of Betty Wight, said her mother experienced pressure ulcers, toenail fungus, and a lack of pain medication while in their care.
Wight, who was 85 years old before passing away in May 2017, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, arthritis, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The lawsuit also claims Wight wasn't given her prescribed medication for two weeks before her death.
The charges are against Linda Vista Nursing and Rehab Center, their parent company Prestige Care, and three individuals who worked at the facility.
One of those individuals is David Hamrin, a former who was indicted for stealing medications from several patients, including Wight. Jackson County Court records show Hamrin plans to change his plea on the stolen medication to guilty on April 19th of this year.
The Oregon Department of Human Services reports at least 18 reports of neglect against the facility since 2011.
Rod Howe, Division Vice President of Operations for Prestige Care, sent News 10 the following statement:
Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our patients. While we’re limited in discussing the specifics of this case out of respect for the privacy of those involved, what we can tell you is that as soon as we became aware of a possible issue with medication diversion, we took immediate action to launch a full internal investigation, which resulted in removing one nurse from all patient-facing care-giving responsibilities. He is no longer employed with our organization.
While we take instances such as these very seriously, we strongly disagree with how these allegations characterize our care. Our care program at Linda Vista is recognized by the American Health Care Association, a leading independent industry organization, for our high standards of quality care, which exceed national benchmarks.
As we vigorously defend ourselves against these allegations, we’re committed to continuing to ensure Linda Vista remains a safe, trusted and nurturing place for our patients and their families.