Patient death raises new questions about nursing home

The death of a Wilmington nursing home resident has raised new concerns about care offered by Synergy Health Center, according to The Boston Globe.

At Woodbriar Health Center in December, an 83-year-old resident fell and died from “complications of blunt force trauma’’ after a nursing aide improperly used a mechanical lift to move the patient from her bed to a wheelchair, according to the Globe. This death comes after many citations from state inspectors for what Synergy told the Globe were “rare and isolated incidents.’’

Data from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid services shows that Woodbriar, which was family-owned before it was purchased by Synergy last March, has seen nearly double the local and national average of percent of falls resulting in major injuries among long-term residents.

Regulators have investigated claims of substandard care, medical errors, and inadequate training, according to the Globe. The company owns 11 facilities in Massachusetts.

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