After 13 deaths since 2000, nursing home for disabled is making changes – Chicago Tribune
Top administrator replaced
better cleanliness, more programs for kids in the works
December 18, 2010| By Sam Roe and Jared S. Hopkins, Tribune reporters
A Chicago care facility where a high number of disabled children have died in recent years said it has taken numerous steps to improve care, including replacing the top administrator, hiring more staff and retraining employees.
“We’re looking at everything critically,” said Bob Molitor, chief operating officer of the Alden nursing home chain, which oversees Alden Village North on North Sheridan Road. “Are we weak in that area? If we are, we want to boost that up.”
Alden Village North has been under fire since October, when a Tribune investigation documented a 10-year pattern of violations and deaths at the facility, which cares for about 90 children and adults with severe physical and mental disabilities.
Some advocates welcomed the changes as long overdue.