Nursing home facing fines after mishandling resident's death

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BRADENTON - A Bradenton nursing home is facing fines accused of mishandling the death of a resident.  It happened as Casa Mora Rehabilitation and Extended Care on 59th Street West. 

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, the group that performed the five month long investigation, released their findings which now show the facility was in violation.

"We take issues involving patient care seriously," says Shelisha Coleman with Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.  Back in December of 2012, they received a complaint from a family member saying the Casa Mora Rehabilitation and Extended Care facility didn't follow the necessary procedures to keep her mother alive. 

And, according to the report, the family member was correct.  "What we found during our investigation is that the facility failed to follow procedures in an incident involving the death of a resident," said Coleman.

Casa Mora administrators wouldn't speak on camera, but did tell ABC 7 the situation was an isolated incident with a nurse.  According to the report, during their rounds, a nurse found the 58-year-old patient unresponsive, but no life saving attempts were made. During questioning, the nurse stated she thought the patient had requested not to be resuscitated, even though she was not wearing the bracelet used identify those patients.  Later review of the patient's charts show she did want to life saving attempts made.

"Any time a facility jeopardizes the health and safety of a resident, they must be held accountable," said Coleman.

And she says that accountability comes with a hefty fine. "As part of that settlement agreement, the facility has agreed to pay a fine in the amount of $18,500".

In addition, the facility was also ordered to implement procedures that would prevent a similar incident from happening again.  "The facility's licensure status is in good standings," said Coleman.