Woodbriar Health Center of Wilmington, Massachusetts faces up to $100,000 in fines following the death of a resident that resulted from a fall on Christmas day of 2015. The nursing home has been accused several times of poor care by the state and families of residents. An 83 year old resident, Mary Meuse, was dropped from a mechanical lift that caused her to break both her legs and led to her death 2 days later. The staff at Woodbriar did not notify Meuse’s family for 24 hours although they were aware of her condition at the time of incident. The nursing home is now facing fines of $250 to $3,000 a day in the wake of Meuse’s death; if the fines begin from December 25, 2015, the facility could face up to $100,000.
A spokeswoman for the nursing home’s owner, Synergy Health Centers, said that Meuse being dropped was an anomaly, but unacceptable nonetheless. She continued to say that the possibility of human error can never be excluded. She defended the facility calling it a safe and caring facility. Synergy purchased 11 nursing homes in the last three years, the company has no prior experience in the nursing home industry and their homes have received numerous citations for patient safety and care violations.
Synergy has gained notoriety as a company whose facilities are fraught with insufficient training for staff and inadequate care of residents, including residents who developed severe bedsores and experienced medication errors.
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