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Nursing homes in Virden and Jerseyville each were fined $25,000 by ... Wrightsman St., Virden, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Sunrise Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a for-profit, 99-bed skilled- and intermediate-care ...

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Dean Olsen Staff Writer @deanolsenSJR Nursing homes in Virden and Jerseyville each were fined $25,000 by the state for substandard care, with both facilities cited for failing to prevent falls that resulted in residents breaking bones.An 85-year-old female resident with Parkinson’s disease fell Aug21 while trying to get from her bed to the bathroom at Sunrise Skilled Nursing, 333 SWrightsman St., Virden, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.Sunrise Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a for-profit, 99-bed skilled- and intermediate-care facility, is contesting the fine and has requested a hearing, IDPH officials said Tuesday.The facility’s administrator, Alicia Oakley, didn’t return a call Tuesday from The State Journal-Register.The injured resident, who wasn’t named, apparently hit a bedside table as she fell and was found on the floor bleeding from her head, a Sept1 Public Health report stated.The resident, who had fallen nine times before in 2017 at Sunrise Skilled Nursing, broke several facial bones and also suffered a spinal fracture in the Aug21 fall, according to the report.A few weeks later, the resident’s doctor said an apparent decline in her mental status could have been related to injuries sustained in the fall, the report added.The fine against Jerseyville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 1001 SState St., came after a female resident fell Aug11 when a certified nursing assistant tried to move the resident from her wheelchair to a recliner.An Oct12 Public Health report said the nursing assistant failed to use a gait belt around the waist of the unidentified resident, who had cognitive impairment.The resident’s foot slipped during the transfer, and though the nursing assistant tried to catch her, the resident slid onto the floor and broke her right hip, according to the report.Surgery was done to repair the broken hip, the report said.The for-profit facility didn’t contest the fine, which was reduced to $16,250 when Jerseyville Nursing and Rehab agreed to pay the amount, state officials said.The facility’s administrator, Suzanne Boston, didn’t return a phone call seeking comment.Contact Dean Olsen:, 788-1543, Never miss a story Choose the plan that's right for you. Digital access or digital and print delivery. Subscribe Now Sign up for daily e-mails Sign up Site ServicesMy ProfileContact UsSubscribeCommenting RulesArchivesMarketplaceCarsHomesClassifiedsNewspaper AdsGarage Sale DirectoryPlace an AdAdvertise With UsPay Your Ad BillSectionsNewsState GovernmentSportsThe VoiceLocal EntertainmentInformationSocial Media DirectoryE-editionToday's Front PageText AlertsCalendar

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