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Violations And Death Prompt Nursing Home Lawsuit and Type A Censure

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The Office of Inspector General has issued a Type A citation to the Johnson Mathers Nursing Home regarding the death of Lorrine M. Wheeler and the wrongful death lawsuit that has been filed by her estate.

According to the nursing home  lawsuit, “employees of Johnson Mathers Nursing Home intentionally falsified the nursing record … to conceal the wrongful acts and omissions that directly led to the death of Lorrine Wheeler,” who had been a resident of the nursing home for only 10 days, and on a pureed diet, when she choked to death.

The lawsuit claims that nurse Joyce Fulton saw Wheeler choking on food, and heard her ‘gurgling’, but did not notify any staff members of the situation, took 15-20 minutes to clean a dirty suction machine before heading to Wheelers rooms to suction her. Fulton then notified staff that Wheeler was ‘gone’.

Johnson Mathers has asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit, and no action has been taken against Fulton’s nursing license, however the citation has been sent to the Kentucky Attorney General’s office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control where it will be investigated. disclaimer: This article: Violations And Death Prompt Nursing Home Lawsuit and Type A Censure was posted on Monday, June 13th, 2011 at 7:27 pm at and is filed under Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuits.

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