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State fines Stockton nursing home $100,000 after patient death [Updated]

July 29, 2011 | 12:26 pm

Creekside Care Center in Stockton was fined $100,000 Friday after a state investigation found inadequate care led to the death of a resident, according to officials at the California Department of Public Health.

Regulators found staff at the nursing home failed to treat an elderly, wheelchair-bound patient after her left thigh bone broke mysteriously in October 2008, a serious injury that led her to suffer cardio-respiratory distress days later, according to the investigation. She died in the emergency room.

Document: Read the full state investigation

A Creekside administrator did not return calls.

On Friday, state regulators issued the nursing home an “AA” citation, the most severe penalty under state law.

Regulators could not say whether the nursing home had filed a plan of correction. No plan of correction was included in the investigator's report.

[Updated at 2:10 p.m.: In response, the nursing home filed a required plan of correction with the department. In the plan, officials promised to retrain staff to better monitor and follow up on changes in residents’ condition. They also promised to audit all changes in residents’ condition daily. The plan was accepted by regulators July 6, according to a department spokesman.]

Creekside Care Center is a private, for-profit 75-bed facility, part of a chain of nursing homes. It earned three out of five stars in the federal Nursing Home Compare rating system.

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