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Patient Deaths Cited In Mass. Settlement With 7 Nursing Homes – NEPR and WBUR

On March 14, New England Public Radio reposted an important broadcast (and article) from WBUR, with the online article, by Quincy Walters, entitled Patient Deaths Cited In Mass. Settlement With 7 Nursing Homes. The broadcast and article described a woman named Betty Crane, whom, in 2015, according to the reporting, was “looking forward to her 70th wedding anniversary in December…”, but, “at a press conference at the Massachusetts attorney general’s office Wednesday, Crane’s daughter, Candi Hitchcock, said her mother didn’t make it past August.” Walters’ reporting continued, stating that a “caretaker at the Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Westborough didn’t turn on the alarm on Crane’s bed.”

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey takes questions from reporters during a news conference on Jan. 31, 2017, in Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)

The story revealed that, according to Hitchcock, Crane “got up and walked, and she was not found until the shift changed. She had a head injury,” and that, “We were not notified. The nurse on duty was not notified. There was no wound care at all.” It continued: “A week later, Hitchcock said her 89-year-old mother died. She said her mother’s death was a violation of an inherent trust.” This came to the attention of Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey. According to the article, “after the death of Hitchcock’s mom and other similar deaths and injuries at other nursing homes, the AG’s office launched an investigation into allegations of systemic failures at elder care facilities across the state.”

In the broadcast, New England Public Radio and WBUR described a pattern, resulting in multiple cases: “After a years-long investigation, Healey’s office reached settlements with seven nursing home facilities over the deaths of five residents and several injury cases.”


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