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Manchester Health Care hit with wrongful death lawsuit

Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 5:00 am

Manchester Health Care Center is facing a lawsuit alleging negligence and wrongful death, according to a civil suit filed by Regina Armstrong Dec. 27 in Coffee County Circuit Court.

According to the litigation, Armstrong’s father, Aaron Stone, died on Aug. 31, 2012 following a three-month stay at Manchester Health Care Center, which is located at 395 Interstate Dr. next to Medical Center of Manchester.

josh petersonThe lawsuit calls for a jury trial and seeks compensatory and punitive damages in an amount to be determined.

The lawsuit only represents the plaintiff’s side of the story and not the defendant’s. The Manchester Times reached out to Manchester Health Care Center for comment and was directed to its corporate office of Vanguard Healthcare where senior vice president of human resources Bob Jordan offered no comment, citing company policy.

The lawsuit claims the staff at Manchester Health Care was negligent in its care of Stone, saying that they “failed to implement and follow the plan of care in such a manner so as to allow for him to be free from unnecessary harm.”

The suit also claims Manchester Health Care did not ensure the facility has sufficient nursing staff. According to the lawsuit, failure to conduct appropriate assessments to identify Stone’s needs include failure to adequately monitor and assess Stone and recognize significant changes in his condition; failure to monitor his body temperature and notify his attending physician; failure to adequately monitor his blood pressure and notify his physician; failure to appropriately monitor and notify his physician; failure to develop, maintain and implement an adequate preliminary care plan for Stone; failure to ensure that nursing personnel followed an adequate nursing care plan; failure to revise and update appropriate care plans.

The suit also accuses the nursing home of “failure to provide care, treatment and medication to Aaron Stone in accordance with physician orders” and “failure to properly and timely notify Aaron Stone’s attending physician of significant changes in his condition.”

The lawsuit claims that Stone’s injuries were “foreseeable to defendants.”

The defendants included in the lawsuit include Manchester Health Care Center, Vanguard of Manchester, LLC, Manchester Management Associates, LLC, and Manchester Health Care administrator JoAnna Kluck.

Stone was a resident of Manchester Health Care from May 29, 2012 through Aug. 30, 2012, according to the lawsuit. He was discharged from Manchester Health Care on Aug. 30 and sent to Medical Center of Manchester on the same day where he was found to have a urinary tract infection. The suit claims that the urinary tract infection “caused him to become septic and die.”

The suit goes on to say that “Stone was at high risk for developing urinary tract infections upon and during his admission to Manchester Health Care Center.”

The lawsuit lists only the plaintiff’s side of the story.