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Ottawa nursing home fined $25K

Pleasant View nursing home was fined $25,000 this month over an issue of a resident's bedsore. The executive director said her company is working with the state Department of Public Health on the matter.
Pleasant View nursing home was fined $25,000 this month over an issue of a resident's bedsore. The executive director said her company is working with the state Department of Public Health on the matter.

Ottawa resident Olivia Romine says she almost passed out when she saw a large bedsore on her mother two months ago at Pleasant View nursing home. The elder Romine had only been there for four weeks.

Olivia Romine alerted the state.

In an investigation, the state Department of Public Health found merit in Romine's complaint. As a result, it fined the Ottawa nursing home $25,000 earlier this month. The home can appeal.

Becky Cattani, Pleasant View's executive director, said her company is working with the Department of Public Health on the fine. Because of residents' privacy, she couldn't discuss specific situations.
"Our primary goal is to serve every resident as best we can," Cattani said in an interview. "We don't always agree with the findings of Public Health, but we certainly do share the goal of making sure our residents are taken care of."
Romine said she understood bedsores can happen at nursing homes, but she said the one on her mother, Irma Romine, was three or four inches long. Such sores develop after a person lays in one position for a long time.
"If she had gotten a little bedsore, I wouldn't have said anything," she said. "Hers was humongous. This was plain neglect. They could have stopped it."
The sore was found four weeks after she moved to Pleasant View.
After it was discovered, Romine moved her mother to La Salle County Nursing Home, just west of Ottawa. She called the staff at La Salle County home "wonderful," saying they rotated her mother regularly to prevent her from getting bedsores.
The elder Romine, 96, died in early December.
"I don't blame Pleasant View for her death," Olivia Romine said.
The latest fine was Pleasant View's third in the last two years. The other two were levied in August 2016 and October 2017.
The one in 2016 involved, in part, a situation in which a nurse's aide was accused of abusing a resident. The aide, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery in connection with the abuse, was fined $1,500 and ordered to write a letter of apology to the resident's family. The aide no longer works at Pleasant View. She was put on leave following the incident.
In that case, the 90-bed nursing home's fine was reduced to $13,750.
The $25,000 fine last October was reduced to $16,250.
Other nursing homes in Streator, Ottawa and Marseilles were fined in the last couple years, but their penalties were less, according to the state's quarterly reports.
Pleasant View is a part of Arlington Heights-based Lutheran Life Communities.

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