Monday, July 18, 2011

nursing home death ruled homicide

GLENVIEW, Ill.— The Nursing Home wrongful death of an 86-year-old nursing home resident from injuries sustained in an attack by another resident is being investigated as a homicide, suburban Chicago nursing home officials said.

Mercedes Iverson, a resident at Maryhaven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Glenview, died last week. The Cook County medical examiner ruled her death a homicide, saying she died from heart disease and brain injuries related to the assault.

"Within the past couple of weeks, an unfortunate incident occurred in a private room" in a part of the nursing home that handles patients with dementia, Brian Crawford, a spokesman for Resurrection Health Care, which runs Maryhaven, told the Chicago Sun-Times for a story posted online Sunday.

Crawford didn't offer further details on the alleged assault.

Glenview police, who are investigating the incident, have declined to comment until Monday.

Iverson was moved to hospice care at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston last week, the newspaper reported. She was pronounced dead Thursday.

Crawford said the incident was reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health as soon as nursing home officials were aware. He said state health officials launched investigations.

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