Oak Park Healthcare fined yet again

State Department of Public Health fines

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By BILL DWYER

Oak Park Healthcare Center, 625 N. Harlem Ave., has been fined $10,000 by the Illinois Department of Public Health for an alleged instance of patient neglect that resulted in the amputation of a man's legs.

A Department of Health and Human Services document dated September 7, 2004, lists 10 specific violations associated with the complaint, including failure to identify changes in the patient's lower leg wounds, failure to provide timely treatment to eradicate an infestation of maggots in the man's wounds, and failure by nurses involved to note that the man was not responding to treatments being administered.

The HHS document further states that "the facility treatment nurses, who were inexperienced and license-pending, were assigned to provide care and treatment for (the patient), who had extensive and complicated wound care without the direct supervision of a licensed nurse.

An emergency room physician interviewed by IDPH investigators is quoted as saying, "I've never seen maggots like that before."

In a December, 2004 interview, Oak Park Healthcare Center administrator Jeffrey Kalkowski said that the nursing home had a change of management in the past year, including himself and a new Nursing Administrator. According to IDPH spokesperson Tammy Leonard, the facility is co-owned by Sherwin I. Ray and Jakob Baskt.

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