Investigation Of Illinois Nursing Home Resident’s Death

The March 12, 2015 death of a nursing home resident (Juanita Simmons) at the Midwest Rehabilitation and Respiratory Center in Belleville has prompted an investigation.

An excerpt from the March 18, 2015 Belleville-News Democrat article titled “Investigation opens into Belleville nursing home death as sisters recall abuse“:

The St. Clair County Coroner’s Office has an “open and active” investigation into the death of Simmons, who was found dead Thursday morning at Midwest Rehabilitation and Respiratory Center, 727 N. 17th St. in Belleville. Nursing home administrator Rebecca Garcia could not be reached, and previously declined comment.

The article discusses alleged mistreatment and potential nursing home abuse of Simmons, and also highlights 20 complaints filed with the Illinois Department of Public Health against Midwest in the past year.

A subsequent article, that of March 21, 2015, titled “Owner of Belleville nursing home where resident was found dead operates 10 facilities with one-star rating” discusses various aspects of Senior Healthcare Management, which operates Midwest Rehabilitation and Respiratory Center.

An excerpt from this article:

The owner of a Belleville nursing home, where an 85-year-old woman was found dead strapped to a wheelchair at the bottom of a flight of stairs, owns 12 other nursing homes in Illinois — 10, like Midwest, have a one-star rating.

This article highlights a number of Illinois nursing home abuse lawsuits.  As well, wrongful death lawsuits filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Midwest Rehabilitation & Respiratory Center in Belleville are listed.

For those unaware of the nursing home rating system, this rating system is discussed in numerous places within this site, including the June 2, 2014 post titled “Conditions Within A Chicago-Area 1-Star Nursing Home.”

Nursing home ratings can be found at the Nursing Home Compare site.


Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Joseph Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to see if filing an injury lawsuit is warranted.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.   

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