Asbury Heights Nursing Home Lawsuits and Citations

Asbury Heights Center nursing home neglect wrongful death claim

Asbury Heights Pittsburgh Lawsuits and Citations

Background Information on Asbury Health Center a/k/a Asbury Heights

Asbury Heights is a 139-bed nursing home located at 700 Bower Hill Road in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Asbury Health Center has been owned by Asbury Heights since 1986 and is now part of UPMC Senior Communities. At the time of this post, Medicare has issued a consumer alert for the facility due to citations of abuse. Furthermore, as of this post, Asbury Health Center has been rated one out of five stars by Medicare for the facility’s performance with health inspections, staffing reports, and resident care. Over the past year, the nursing home has received 17 health citations, which is higher than the average health citations nursing homes in Pennsylvania receive per year: 6.9. Over the past three years, the facility has received ten complaints that resulted in citations. Additionally, Asbury Heights has received two federal fines over the past three years due to serious health and safety violations; the facility was fined for over $215,000.

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Lawsuits Against Asbury Heights for Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Allegations

The following lawsuits have been filed against Asbury Health Center:

Benden, Louella vs. Asbury Health Center

Allegations: Ms. Benden was admitted to Asbury Health Center for long-term nursing care due to her diagnosis of advanced dementia. A lawsuit was filed on behalf of Ms. Benden against Asbury Health Center after she was sexually molested on two separate occasions in the facility. Ms. Benden was discovered being molested by a male resident by one of the facility’s nurses. The nurse made a note in Ms. Benden’s chart about the incident but took no further action. Ms. Benden was then revictimized by the same individual days later.

Steffen, Celeste D. E/O vs. Asbury Health Center

Allegations: Ms. Steffen’s daughter sued Asbury Health Center for the alleged wrongful death of her mother. According to the case’s complaint, Ms. Steffen was admitted to Asbury Health Center for rehabilitative therapy after suffering a car accident. When she entered the facility, she was evaluated to be a high fall-risk due to her decreased mobility. During her stay at the nursing home, she was scheduled for an appointment with her neurosurgeon at the hospital to follow-up on her car accident injuries. At the appointment, it was discovered that Ms. Steffen had suffered a new spinal fracture and multiple compression fractures while at Asbury Health Center. Ms. Steffen was admitted to the hospital where she was additionally diagnosed with a urinary tract infection (UTI) and dehydration. After her hospitalization, she was returned to Asbury Health Center. At the facility, she suffered from a fall out of bed. Ms. Steffen was not transported to the hospital until ten days after her fall. Ms. Steffen was diagnosed with a collapsed T6 vertebrae, epidural hematoma, displacement of thoracic cord, and edema. Ms. Steffen passed away due to her injuries.

Deficiencies at Asbury Heights for Resident Care Violations

August 18th, 2021, Inspection at Asbury Health Center

This inspection at Asbury Health Center found that a resident had been rolled out of bed by a nursing assistant. The resident was taken to the hospital after complaining of intense pain. She was diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder. Review of the facility’s records found that another resident had been dropped on the floor during transfer which resulted in a fractured femur bone.

April 30th, 2021, Inspection at Asbury Health Center

Based on review of the facility’s policies and records, it was determined that Asbury Health Center had failed to report an allegation of abuse to the Division of Nursing Care Facilities as required. A grievance was filed by a resident’s daughter, alleging that her mother was being abused and denied oxygen in the facility. While the Director of Nursing (DON) of the facility signed off of the grievance as “Resolved,” it was never reported to the appropriate authorities.

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*The above does not mean your loved one would be in harm at this facility. Each facility gets inspected often. Almost all facilities have deficiencies. Many face civil lawsuits. You should not make a facility placement decision based solely on the above information. Each case is different. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome or indicate an expected outcome on your particular case. The above prior lawsuit information is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice from an attorney. This individual case information above is publicly filed information gathered from the publicly filed complaint. This information and these cases are not the work of this law firm. The inspection results are provided from public government agency surveys. The state Department of Health conducts a survey of all nursing home facilities at least once every 15 months. The deficiencies listed on this page may have been corrected after the date of the inspection and date of publishing this material. Citations, ratings and deficiencies are current as of the date of this post and will change later on. The inspection findings published are not complete. You may find the most up to date information at This material is not endorsed by the facility or by any governmental agency. Speak with an attorney immediately if you believe you have a viable case against a nursing home, assisted living facility or medical facility. 

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