7/10/2017 3:32:00 PM Former nursing home operator sued over death
(Editor's note: The company sued in the story below no longer owns and operates the nursing home in North Vernon. Jennings Healthcare sold their facility in Aug. 2016 to Premier Healthcare, which now operates the nursing home.)
Joseph E. Pahls as special administrator of the estate of Charlotte Anne Pahls, has filed suit against Jennings Healthcare, LLC, 701 Henry St, NV claiming that the company's negligence was "a proximate cause" of her developing sepsis which resulted in her death. The suit chronicles how Mrs. Pahls was admitted to the local nursing home on Dec. 21, 2015 for short-term therapy and rehabilitation following hip surgery. Shortly after that, she apparently developed an infection. By Feb. 2, she was taken to St. Vincent Jennings Hospital where she was found to be "unresponsive." She was then transferred to Columbus Regional Hospital where she passed away Feb. 11 at the age of 70. The suit claims the nursing home owed "a duty of reasonable care" to Mrs. Pahls and "breached its duty of care" by failing its responsibilities in several areas, including failing to assess, manage and treat her initial infection, failing to prevent, assess and treat her bed sores; failing to assess signs and symptoms of sepsis; failing to treat the sepsis; and failing to communicate with physicians and her family about her condition. Damages are requested from Jennings Healthcare for their alleged negligence.