December 18, 2017
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WINONA LAKE, INDIANA — The family of a former patient of the Grace Village Health Care facility has filed a proposed complaint with the Indiana Department of Insurance alleging negligence and wrongful death after the patient suffered at least fifteen (15) falls at the facility within weeks of being admitted.  The complaint alleges that after suffering 15 falls at the facility within weeks, the patient was diagnosed with a traumatic subdural hemorrhage.  According to the complaint, the patient required transfer by air to Lutheran Hospital for possible neurosurgical intervention, but died at the hospital.  According to the complaint, the death certificate confirmed the patient died from a subdural hematoma and a fall.  

The complaint alleges that records related to the patient’s final fall are “disturbingly suspicious and lacking in detail.”  According to the complaint, after the patient was taken to the emergency room, the emergency department staff was informed by a Grace Village nurse that a fall did not occur and that the patient became unresponsive while having a bowel movement.  The emergency department physician, however, noted that the patient had a forehead hematoma that appeared new, alleges the complaint.

According to the complaint, Grace Village is a for-profit nursing home located in Winona Lake, Indiana.  The complaint alleges that Grace Village Health Care Facility, Inc., National Fellowship Brethren Retirement Homes Inc., Woodlawn Hospital, and a Jeff Carroll are among those jointly responsible for “owning, operating, managing, administrating, overseeing, staffing, and/or rendering or supervising care and/or services to patients” at the facility.

According to the complaint, the Grace Village nursing home allegedly:

  • failed to provide sufficient nurse and support staffing to meet the needs and ensure the safety of the patients,
  • Failed to provide properly trained staff,
  • Negligently hired and retained staff, and
  • Failed to properly train and supervise employees to care for geriatric patients.

According to the complaint, the named defendants have  refused to accept any responsibility for the harm to the patient to date.

The proposed complaint filed in this matter with the Indiana Department of Insurance is a public record. 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

 Our investigation into this matter is ongoing.  If you are a former employee of Grace Village, or are unaffiliated with the defendants but have any information or knowledge concerning any these matters, or matters related to the allegations in the proposed complaint, please contact us confidentially by calling 877-769-5377.

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