2nd suit filed against local nursing home

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By Juanice Gray, jgray@natchitochestimes.com

Natchitoches Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (NNRC) has been served with a second suit related to resident care during the Covid-19 pandemic. A suit filed May 15 against the long-term healthcare facility states biological children of NNRC resident Eirdish Beaudion seek restitution due to “Contraction of the respiratory disease commonly referred to as Covid-19, resulting in hospitalization in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, and eventually, death.”

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Herbert, Willie and McKinley Beaudion name NNRC as well as Administrators/Executive Officers Stacey Masters and Miranda Green as defendants. The brothers are represented by Jared Dunahoe or Dunahoe Law Firm. Eirdish Beaudion contracted with NNRC three years ago for her long-term care and passed away May 2.

The suit cites failure to eliminate or reduce risk for exposure to Covid-19, to monitor, detect, test, diagnose or treat her and improper sanitizing of the facility among other things. The seek restitution for pain and suffering by Ms. Beaudion, her medical and funeral expenses and for the petitioners’ mental and physical anguish for the loss of their mother.

Louisiana has 436 nursing homes and adult care facilities, according to the La. health department which released data Monday, May 18 on numbers of cases and deaths among residents and cases among staff. Nursing homes have been devastated by the coronavirus statewide.

Highland Place Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Caddo Parish had the most cases with 124. Seventeen residents at Highland have died, according to the health department. The greatest risk for nursing homes is the virus spreading in facilities and among residents, most having one or more underlying condition. The chart above shows the numbers for three local nursing homes. Courtyard of Natchitoches reported one case among staff, none among residents and no deaths.

Natchitoches Community Care Center reports two cases among staff, none among residents and no deaths. Natchitoches Nursing and Rehab (NNRC) reported 49 cases among residents, 20 cases among staff and seven deaths among residents. The report state data is pending on resident census, however Medicare.gov reports the facility has 98 certified beds but does not list current number of residents. If the nursing home were at full capacity, the 49 coronavirus infected residents represent 50 percent of the total. However, under the staffing tab at Medicare.gov, their report states “average number of residents per day” is 66.9. At 70 residents, the 49 infected represent 70 percent of total residents housed at the facility.

n surrounding parishes, Autumn Leaves Nursing and Rehab Center in Winnfield has 102 residents and no cases among staff or residents; Green Meadow Haven in Coushatta has 93 residents with zero instances; Leslie Lakes Retirement Center in Bienville parish has 87 residents, two resident cases, one death and five casess amongs staff; Mansfield Nursing Center in DeSoto Parish has 57 residents, two cases, one death and one case among staff; and Many Healthcare Center in Sabine Parish has 69 residents, no resident cases and one staff case.

Only certified adult care facilities are required to report the information to the state. Louisiana’s Department of Health said it will update nursing home data each Monday.

The names of the 278 nursing homes and the data from each can be found at ldh.la.gov.