Augusta nursing home settles wrongful death lawsuit

On the eve of trial, an Augusta nursing home chose to settle a wrongful death lawsuit.

 

With the agreement in place, Norma Manning’s attorney filed notice Monday that the Richmond County lawsuit against Amara Health Care, also known as Salem Nursing and Rehab, and its chief executive officer Douglas Mittleider was being dismissed.

Manning filed the 2013 lawsuit over the death of her husband of 18 years, Patrick Manning. The trial was set to begin Monday.

“All I can say is that it was resolved to the satisfaction of the parties,” said attorney Caleb Connor, whose firm represented Manning. The terms of settlements are often confidential with no admission of liability.

Patrick Manning suffered a stroke in 2011. He remained communicative and ambulatory but needed rehab services. He was sent to Amara. Five months later, he could no longer walk to the bathroom.

In 16 months, Manning was dead. He had gangrenous pressure sores, dehydration, malnutrition and severe contracture, a condition in which a person’s limbs remained clutched close to the body.

Norma Manning blamed what she believed was poor care at Amara for her husband’s demise.

Amara, or Salem, has been sued a number of times in the past 10 years over its care of patients. It also consistently rated below average in the nursing home inspection rating system of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

The 213-bed facility went into bankruptcy and was purchased at a bankruptcy auction in May by University Hospital for $3.7 million, according to an earlier report in The Augusta Chronicle.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

 

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