Lawsuits at Groves Center Nursing Home

Groves Center Nursing Home Lawsuit

Background Information on Groves Center Nursing Home

Groves Center is a 120-bed nursing home located in Lake Wales, Florida, at 512 S 11th Street. Groves Center is also known by their legal business name, Groves Rehabilitation Center, LLC. The facility is a two-minute drive from AdventHealth Lake Wales Hospital and accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and multiple other insurances. Medicare has given Groves Center an overall rating of four out of five stars on their Care Compare site.

In 2020, the nursing home received a federal fine of $15,249 after receiving a serious health citation during an inspection. In the past few years, Groves Center has been cited numerous times by the Agency for Health Care Administration for deficiencies in resident care. The facility has been sued in the past for allegations of nursing home abuse. These suits allege that the facility failed to prevent residents from suffering numerous infections and injuries.

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Lawsuits Against Groves Center for Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Allegations

The following lawsuits have been filed against Groves Center:

Shelton, Delbert E/O vs. Groves Rehabilitation Center, LLC.

Sherri Bozeman, the personal representative of Mr. Shelton’s estate, filed a lawsuit against the facility in 2021 for nursing home neglect. Ms. Bozeman alleged that the facility failed to prevent and treat a bed sore that developed on Mr. Shelton’s sacrum. Ms. Bozeman alleged that Mr. Shelton’s death was a direct result of the neglect he suffered at Groves Center.

Kalem, Ilene M. E/O vs. Groves Rehabilitation Center, LLC.

A lawsuit filed on behalf of the late Ms. Kalem alleged that while she was a resident at Groves Center, she suffered from malnutrition, bed sores, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, constipation, and sepsis. Due to the neglect, Ms. Kalem suffered hospitalizations, mental anguish, disability, and pain.

Harper, Mary E. E/O vs. Groves Rehabilitation Center, LLC.

Roy T. Harper, on behalf of the late Mrs. Harper, alleged that Mrs. Harper died as a result of the facility’s negligence. Allegedly, Mrs. Harper suffered numerous infections and bed sores during her time at Groves Center. Shortly after she was transferred out of the facility, she went into septic shock and passed away.

Robinson, William L. E/O vs. Groves Rehabilitation Center, LLC.

A lawsuit was filed on behalf of the deceased Mr. Robinson for nursing home negligence. According to Mr. Robinson’s representative, Groves Center allegedly failed to prevent Mr. Robinson from suffering from the development of a bed sore and subsequent infection.

Bryer, Joyce M. E/O vs. Groves Rehabilitation Center, LLC.

Patricia Babcock, the personal representative of the estate of Ms. Bryer, sued Groves Center for nursing home negligence. Allegedly, Ms. Bryer suffered extreme pain, injury, and death as a result of the facility’s negligence. Ms. Bryer passed in 2016 after being diagnosed with a septic urinary tract infection.

Deficiencies at Groves Center for Resident Care Violations

October 1, 2021, Inspection at Groves Center

A complaint survey was conducted at Groves Center after a resident was emergency transferred to the hospital. The results of the survey showed that Groves Center had failed to provide adequate care and treatment to the resident. The resident arrived at the hospital suffering from a severe urinary tract infection and was later transferred to Hospice.

October 23, 2020, Inspection at Groves Center

An unannounced inspection at Groves Center revealed that the facility had failed to provide adequate and appropriate health care for a resident. This was determined after the Assistant Director of Nursing was seen cleaning a resident’s tracheostomy tube without using sterile gloves. Using sterile procedure for the cleaning of tracheostomy tubes is important for preventing the spread of infection.


*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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