Background Information on Bartow Center
Bartow, Florida is the hub for its similarly named Bartow Center nursing home located at 2055 E Georgia St. in Bartow, FL 33830. A non-profit corporate owned facility, the Bartow Center is currently doing business under the legal name of Bartow Rehabilitation Center LLC and manages 120 certified beds. It organizes a resident council at its location, and the facility generally remains near capacity, as it accepts both Medicare and Medicaid patients. Medicare has given Bartow Center an average rating of three out of 5 stars, though some areas are stronger than others in terms of care and outcomes; both staffing and overall quality of resident care have seen a decline, falling to just two out of a possible five stars.
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Lawsuits Against Bartow Center for Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Allegations
Bartow Center has seen the brunt of a number of lawsuits over the years, some of which are still under consideration. The following case is just one example of the legal actions that have been taken against the facility for its treatment of residents:
THE CASE OF ARCHER AND DORIS JAMIESON
Allegations: The 2015 lawsuit against Bartow Center was filed by Archer and Doris Jamieson following Archer’s treatment at the facility in 2013. The defendants, Hearthstone Senior Communities, Brigid Health Services, Airamid Health Services, Senior Health Properties-South and Patricia L. Spears, were the relevant parties and administrators at the time of the suit and were examined in light of allegations that James Archer was suffering from a sore on his toe that became infected while he was living at Bartow Center. The infection, which was not addressed in an appropriate way according to lawsuit allegations, resulted in the need to amputate the toe and later a part of Archer’s leg, concluding in an above-the-knee amputation. During the timeframe that Mr. Archer was a resident at the facility, Bartow Center had been fined $4500, and its license to operate had been downgraded to a conditional license twice between 2009 and 2013.
Deficiencies at Bartow Center for Resident Care Violations
February 5, 2021 Inspection at Bartow Center
As recently as February of 2021, Bartow Center underwent mandatory health inspection review that resulted in five separate health citations. One resident was assigned by her medical care provider to wear a splint on her left wrist, and staff at Bartow failed to follow this treatment plan; the resident was seen multiple times sleeping and going about her daily activities without the splint. An additional citation related to this incident was issued for improper documentation practices, as the resident’s documented history indicated that she had been wearing the splint at times when the inspection had observed that she was not. Similarly, the facility failed to provide neurological checks for residents who had fallen in accordance with their guidelines.
October 4, 2019 Inspection at Bartow Center
In a previous health inspection at the Bartow Center facility, inspectors issued a number of citations for issues such as failure to properly supervise residents who administered their own medications. One resident who was observed to be managing her own nebulizer treatment had no staff present in their room, and her medical records indicated that she should be monitored for lung sounds during and/or following the nebulizer treatment. Her documentation did not include any notation that she should perform the nebulizer treatment on her own. Another resident noted that he did not feel safe when staff used a lift to transfer him to and from bed, and he had wanted to have his stubble shaved but the nurse had been unwilling to do so.
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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 medicare.gov. 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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