Families sue Pennsylvania nursing home in wake of 73 COVID deaths

first_imgDaisy-Daisy/iStockBy KARMA ALLEN, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The families of some of the 73 residents residents who have died from COVID-19 while living at a Pennsylvania nursing home have filed a lawsuit against the facility, accusing it of recklessly handling the virus outbreak.The families of 10 deceased residents teamed up with the families of five current residents at the Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in a lawsuit against the nursing home, saying staff failed to take proper measures to stem the outbreak.“They show clear evidence of poor infection control, poor training, poor supervision, transparency problems, cross-contamination, lack of supplies — it goes on and on,” Bob Daley, one of the attorneys representing the families, said Thursday. “What happened at Brighton was nothing short of a tragedy. … Brighton as an entity systematically failed its residents.”The lawsuit names Brighton Rehab’s owners and its medical director and accuses leaders of “managerial and operational negligence, carelessness, recklessness and willful and wanton conduct,” according to the complaint. The suit seeks a jury trial and unspecified damages.The 284-page complaint details a long list of allegations of inadequate staffing, ineffective management and substandard care that goes against local and federal health care guidelines.Brighton allegedly failed to separate infected residents from the general population, allowed infected workers to continue working and shared misinformation about the outbreak to family members and health officials, according to the suit.Lawyers for the residents also claimed Brighton was severely understaffed during the pandemic, which forced workers to “cut corners while struggling to care for hundreds of residents during the pandemic,” according to the suit.In response to the lawsuit, a Brighton spokesperson denied the claims and said the facility followed the guidance of local governmental health officials throughout the pandemic.“Right now, the facility’s sole focus remains on ensuring the health and well-being of all residents and staff,” the spokesperson said in a statement.The facility has been cited for infractions multiple times by the Pennsylvania Department of Health since the coronavirus outbreak, including for improper hand-washing, lack of personal protective equipment, improper distancing of residents and the improper use of hydroxychloroquine. Followup reports show these violations have been corrected.A federal investigation of the facility initiated by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar in May resulted in fines of $62,580 for “deficiencies with basic infection-prevention protocols.”The lawsuit comes as state officials grapple with the rising infection rates and fatalities. The Pennsylvania Department of Heath reported over 2,063 new cases Thursday, marking one of the state’s highest single-day case counts since the start of the pandemic. The statewide total since the start of the pandemic stands at 188,360.Pennsylvania also reported 30 additional deaths on Thursday, bringing the statewide death toll to 8,592.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Asante Africa: My heart is full from your cooperative spirit

first_imgThank you, Africa. I’m writing this at 38,000 feet on a Kenya Airways flight between Nairobi and Paris. My guess is I’m somewhere over north Africa. The cabin is dark. Everyone is sleeping, but I’m wide awake thinking– starting to unpack– the week that was.Over the past week, I had some of the most inspiring experiences in my career in credit unions. Ten days ago, I was making the long trek from my home in West Hartford, Connecticut, to Mombasa, Kenya: 24 hours of airplanes and airports to attend the 20th SACCA Congress, put on by the team at ACCOSCA, the African Confederation of Cooperative Savings and Credit Association. Think CUNA but for all the countries in Africa. My agenda was loosely filled and subject to change. I landed in Mombasa, Kenya with no expectations for the week and a commitment to being present, going with the flow, and taking it all in.Those experiences started almost immediately with the first annual Africa Women in Co-ops Network Forum. This forum was a key step in the Development Educator (DE) project for Bettyrose Okiri of ACCOSCA. I was overwhelmed with joy seeing her project thrive: Men and women had come in from across the continent—three days before the conference’s official start date– to attend this full-day event.  More and more chairs had to be brought in to line the walls and accommodate the overflowing crowd, all of whom remained engaged throughout the day. By the session’s end at 4 p.m., the room still as full as it had been that morning. It was impossible to capture the energy and optimism through photos, but I tried anyway.It didn’t take long for the next experience to arrive. The following day I was invited to join Lois Kitsch, George Ombado, David Mategwa, Brent Rempe, and Bill and Crissy Cheney on a trip back to the Don Bosco Special School in Likuyani. It had been my privilege over the summer to work alongside an amazing group of DEs on this passion project of David and Brent: A school library and community center to provide for students whose school was often overlooked for public funding. It was a remarkable opportunity to revisit the site where we had hoped to make an impact—and where the most remote episode of The CUInsight Experience podcast was recorded, with Lois Kitsch and me sitting on paint cans.Spending 24 hours awake and taking four flights across the country left me with only one regret: That the entire group who I had served alongside this summer could not share in the experience of seeing the kids and the community experience their new library—the first of its kind in the area– for the first time. Again, I took so many pictures in an effort to capture this spirit and share it with you.By this point, the actual conference- the key purpose of my week- had still not begun. It was hard to believe, though, with the number of people already buzzing around the venue. Pre-conference workshops were busting at the seams, participation often double the number of people who had registered. Rooms set up for 60 were filled with 125 cooperators. The start of the conference was still ahead, but the energy at the venue had arrived. You could already tell this would be a spectacular week.Next, it was time for the opening ceremony. Close to 1000 cooperators from over 35 counties filed the main ballroom. Another unexpected experience came my way when Mr. Bert J. Hash Jr. approached and asked if I would like to represent the United States during the flag ceremony. To walk in with the stars and stripes waving high, seeing the delegation from the states standing and singing along to our national anthem, is a moment and an honor I won’t forget.Finally, the actual 20th SACCA Congress was underway. As someone who attends a lot of credit union conferences, I was blown away by the packed rooms and engagement from the first session to the last. Even on the final day, no one was off taking the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Indian Ocean. The room was full up through the very last session.The people who made up this conference inspired me. They are not only improving the lives of the members in their SACCOs (credit unions), but they are also lifting their countries and the continent as a whole. I found myself often listening, watching, taking pictures of people’s faces and wondering what Kenya and the rest of Africa will look like a generation from now.Africa is rising and it was one of the greatest honors of my life to watch and experience a small moment of it. I hope the pictures tell the story better than my words can.I am excited to continue to engage further with ACCOSCA and the SACCOs on the continent. There is an energy that is contagious and that draws you in for more. I know the friends that I have made on my two trips to Kenya this year will be lifelong. You will probably see more from Africa over the next year as I help George and his team at ACCOSCA launch SACCOinsight (which I have identified as my personal DE project). It will be the first news publication for credit unions on the continent. I can’t wait to see how the stories that will fill those digital pages will inspire us all.I’d like to end with a shout-out to some of those I shared this experience with: George Ombado, I’m so glad to call you a friend and look forward to many years of collaboration ahead. David Mategwa, your infectious smile and hospitality makes us all feel so welcome. You are an amazing ambassador and protector of Kenya. Maureen Wairimu, you and Bettyrose hold the entire event together. Coordinating all of us from every corner of the world while launching your own projects as well. Bill and Crissy Cheney, it was a pleasure to get to know you better sharing this experience. I look forward to sharing more soon. Brent Rempe your passion for Don Bosco and all that you’ve done has been amazing to witness. Any day I can spend with Mr. Bert J. Hash Jr. is a good day. If you have the chance to get stuck in an airport with Bert for three hours and just talk, do it. Julie Ferguson, I’m so glad I got to share your first experience in Kenya and see the inspiration of your DE project come to you. I can’t wait to watch it grow. Getting to know Michael Ray was a true pleasure and I congratulate you on the Distinguished Services Award you were honored with at the SACCA Congress, it was well deserved. Renee Sattiewhite, I loved the conversation we’ve started and the collaboration ahead. And, of course, the woman who made these experiences happen for me, Ms. Lois Kitsch. On the way back to the airport I commented that it was clear Lois retired to develop DEs on a second continent. Her DE tree in the US is long, and now in retirement, her DE tree in Africa has amazing roots and is growing tall.  I’m grateful to you all and the many more who touched my life this week. Credit union = Happy familyFollow CUInsight on Instagram. I kept a running story of the experience that you can view on our profile.Stay tuned to The CUInsight Experience podcast for upcoming episodes with Bill, Julie and George, all recorded in Mombasa, Kenya. 130SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Detailslast_img read more

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The REITs of San Francisco

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Recovering Robben ready to face France

first_imgArjen Robben Robben to ‘give everything’ for Netherlands despite fitness concerns Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 22:15 8/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) ArjenRobben - cropped Getty Images Netherlands France v Netherlands WC Qualification Europe The Dutch take on France and Bulgaria in their upcoming World Cup qualifiers and can count on their star man, despite his recent injury troubles Arjen Robben says he will give everything for Netherlands in their upcoming World Cup qualifiers, even if he is not yet 100 per cent fit.Dick Advocaat’s side sit third in Group A and will look to close the three-point gap to leaders Sweden when they take on France and Bulgaria.Netherlands 5/1 to beat France Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Key man Robben is in the squad after featuring in Bayern Munich’s first two Bundesliga games of the season, coming on as a substitute against Bayer Leverkusen and then playing 64 minutes from the start at Werder Bremen.While the 33-year-old concedes he is not yet completely ready after a close-season calf injury, he is keen to help Netherlands in a vastly important double-header.”I still need some matches. I cannot ask to move this game so I can play for 90 minutes. I’m going to give everything I have in me,” Robben said.”The substitution [against Werder] did not come from me – it was a coach’s decision. But that was quite normal, considering the preparation I had.”It was logical that I could not finish a match yet, but it was not that I was completely demolished. I could go further.”Robben is determined Netherlands head to Paris with the right attitude for the clash with second-placed France, who are also three points ahead of them.”I’m always very positive and we’ve got to be positive when we go there,” he said. “Some may say that France have a better team, but if you go there with that mindset, you might as well stay at home.”We must have faith that we can achieve something – then we can.”last_img read more

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