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Sandwich nursing home fined $27K by Illinois public health dept.

SANDWICH – The Illinois Department of Public Health fined a Sandwich nursing home for not properly monitoring a patient's food and liquid intake and output, and not dressing the patient's wounds per the facility's protocol, according to the department's most recent quarterly report.

Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion, a 116-bed skilled and intermediate care facility at 515 N. Main St., was fined $25,000 for failure to assess and manage bowel status and movement protocol, and failure to assess a resident’s meal and fluid intake and output. State health department records said it resulted in bowel obstruction, dehydration, a urinary tract infection and sepsis.

Melaney Arnold, a health department spokeswoman, said this was not the first time the facility has been fined by the state.

“It looks like, over the years, they have received fines,” Arnold said, citing an A-level violation in 2016 and another violation in 2017 that was not as severe.

Also, the facility recently was fined $2,200 for a B-level violation for failure to identify areas of pressure before deterioration and to follow their policy and procedure for dressing changes. State health department records said nursing staff used the same gauze to clean in and around the same patient's wounds when that was against protocol.

Any facility fined by the state has recourse, including an outright appeal or waiver submission, where, “basically, they accept the finding and their fine is automatically reduced,” Arnold said.

Arnold said the Sandwich nursing home has requested a hearing regarding the most recent fines, but the status of the request is unclear.

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