Landmark of Louisville, one of the city’s largest nursing homes, has been deemed one of the worst nursing homes in Kentucky. According to state inspectors, more than a dozen of the facility’s 200 residents are in immediate danger of “death or serious mental or physical harm.”
Landmark of Louisville is one of the largest long-term care facilities in Jefferson County. According to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, it has the second most federally certified beds for Medicare and Medicaid patients in Kentucky. The facility has been operating since 1973. Prior to being purchased in 2017, it was known as the Parkway Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
Currently, the Landmark Group manages 12 medical-related properties – seven of which are located in Kentucky. Those properties include:
- Landmark of Lancaster Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
- Landmark of Iroquois Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
- Landmark of Louisville Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
- Landmark of Bardstown Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
- Landmark of Elkhorn City Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
- Landmark of Laurel Creek Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
- Landmark of River City Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
Since 2016, the number of violations at the facility have dramatically increased. According to employees at Landmark, staffing shortages are the cause. The facility has yet to comment. The most recent inspection from September 2018 found 33 health violations. The state average is 5.7 per facility. The violations are leading to a number of incidents among residents.
On February 15, 2019, a resident of the nursing home with dementia slid from their wheelchair, dropped to the ground, and broke their leg. While the incident happened short after 9 a.m., a nurse didn’t report the resident was in pain until 2:45 p.m. The resident wasn’t taken until the hospital until after 9 p.m., 12 hours after the accident occurred.
At the hospital, doctors determined the resident, in addition to suffering from the broken leg, was septic as a result of an untreated urinary tract infection. While surgery was performed to repair their leg, they died on February 17 as a result of complications.
In another situation, Judith Clark sought treatment at Landmark after suffering a stroke before Christmas in 2018. During her five-week stay, Clark lost 20 pounds, did not receive a shower for at least three days, and suffered bruises from nurses aggressively handling her. She also had her call light ignored after falling on multiple occasions.
As of September 2019, there are four plaintiffs who are in the process of suing Landmark for medical and corporate negligence. Three of the lawsuit accuse Landmark of wrongful death. Landmark has denied all wrongdoing and all cases are still pending.
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