The Lexington Herald-Leader had an article about a recent lawsuit filed against a nursing home with a history of neglect and violations. The facts behind the lawsuit suggest that the nursing home’s failure to assess the respiratory condition of a 54-year-old man led to his death after a six-day stay. The Winchester Centre for Health and Rehabilitation has faced numerous state and federal sanctions in the past two years and was threatened with the loss of Medicare and Medicaid funding.
On Jan. 25, 2008, William Baker was admitted to the nursing home. The facility failed to assess and monitor Baker’s respiratory condition or to suction him. Baker developed breathing problems and was transferred to a Lexington hospital where he died on Jan. 31, 2008. "The lack of care and attention caused Mr. Baker to suffer in a most traumatic fashion and ultimately die," the lawsuit said. The lawsuit also the said the facility "established staffing levels that created recklessly high nurse/resident ratios."
The lawsuit is the latest in a series of problems for the facility, which in 2008 received two type A citations — the most serious the state can give. One, in August, was for not calling a doctor when a man lost more than 87 pounds in 19 days. At the end of the 19 days, the man was found unresponsive and was taken to the hospital, according to the citation from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
A second type A citation was issued Jan. 12 after a patient received the wrong dose of an anti-seizure medication for 40 days in November and December, an error that wasn’t discovered until the patient suffered a seizure. The facility didn’t have a system to make sure that medications were administered properly, according to the Jan. 12 citation.