Posted March 23, 2017 | Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
Last month, Pennsylvania Attorney General Bruce Beemer announced that the Office of the Attorney General would lead a lawsuit against Pittsburgh-based Grane Healthcare for failing to provide adequate patient care at 11 out of 12 of its skilled nursing home facilities. Philadelphia nursing home abuse attorney Brent Wieand reports on the care violations alleged in the suit, and explains how concerned relatives can file a complaint against Grane facilities.
According to its website, Grane Healthcare currently operates 12 skilled nursing facilities in Pennsylvania. The lawsuit against Grane alleges violations at 11 of these facilities, including:
A Grane facility not involved in the suit is its Greensburg Care Center, which is located in Greensburg.
In addition to multiple violations pertaining to poor quality patient care, the lawsuit also alleges that Grane engaged in deceptive advertising practices by advertising a better resident-to-caregiver ratio than was actually available at its facilities. Specifically, the lawsuit alleges the following violations:
“These alleged misrepresentations not only deceived the residents of these facilities,” said Beemer, “but Grane’s business practices also degraded residents and increased the risk of negative health consequences. We believe there is ample evidence that these facilities fell far short when it came to providing essential services.”
The Skilled Nursing page of Grane’s website features a list of frequently asked questions. In response to the question “How often does a doctor see a patient at the facilities?” the website is vague, stating only, “A doctor sees a patient as often as is medically necessary. Insurance companies may also make recommendations on how often a patient should be seen.” The response to the question “How much therapy does a resident receive at these facilities?” is nearly identical: “A resident typically receives as much therapy as is medically necessary.”
While litigation is pending, the Attorney General’s Office is encouraging concerned family members of Grane facility residents to report violations and file complaints. You can report a complaint about a Grane skilled nursing facility by calling (877) 888-4877, which will connect you with the healthcare division of the Attorney General’s Office.
You can also file a complaint over the internet. To file a complaint online, follow these steps:
Unfortunately, Grane is not alone in operating nursing home facilities that fail to adequately care for residents. On the contrary, nursing home violations are common in Pennsylvania, particularly in large facilities that have poor resident-to-staff ratios. Nursing home understaffing equates to a lack of supervision, which can lead to serious injuries and accidents, such as bedsores, nursing home falls, and in extreme cases, even wrongful death.
If you believe your mother, father, grandmother, or grandfather was injured or killed due to neglectful nursing home care or malpractice, you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer or Philadelphia wrongful death attorney immediately for assistance. Compensation may be available for victims of nursing home abuse and neglect in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. To arrange a free and confidential legal consultation, call Philadelphia nursing home neglect attorney Brent Wieand at (877) 654-3887.
*Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes. It is not legal advice and should not be used as legal advice. The Wieand Law Firm, LLC is based in Philadelphia, PA, and proud to serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.*