Man sues home over mother's death

November 01, 1994|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer

A Glen Burnie nursing home that had been threatened with closure because of poor patient care was sued yesterday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court by a man who claims the home's negligence contributed to his mother's death.

Victor Earl Treadwell of the 8400 block of Main Ave. in Pasadena is seeking $750,000. He alleges that his mother, Anita, died Jan. 10 because of the lack of supervision at the Wellspring Nursing Center in the 7300 block of Furnace Branch Road.

The suit alleges that the home's staff knew Mrs. Treadwell had an "obsessive/compulsive eating disorder" and had to be supervised when she ate, but that the nursing staff allowed her to eat alone Jan. 9.

The home called paramedics when Mrs. Treadwell began to choke, according to the suit. She died the next day at North Arundel Hospital of a heart attack brought on by the choking, the suit said.

The suit names the nursing home and the management company, Greenbrier Health Care Management Inc. of Towson, as defendants.

"As a direct and proximate cause of Greenbrier's negligence in failing to provide proper supervision, Mrs. Treadwell choked on her food and sustained injuries that caused severe conscious pain and suffering and ultimately led to her death," the suit alleges.

The home has since changed its name to Bay Meadow Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center and is under new management, said Brian C. Parker, Mr. Treadwell's lawyer.

A spokesman for the nursing home declined to comment.

At the time of Mrs. Treadwell's death, the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene had threatened to close Wellspring because of poor care given to patients. In January, state regulators gave the 200-bed home until May 7 to meet state health standards.

The center was fined $50,000 for what state regulators called "an ongoing pattern of serious or life-threatening deficiencies," lost its certification for Medicaid and Medicare payments and was prohibited from accepting new patients.

The state vowed to empty the nursing home if the owners did not meet the deadline. The home won recertification in April.

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