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State health department may pull license at Joliet nursing home

Last Updated: 16 May, 2012

Administrators for a Joliet nursing home, that has been in the center of conflict, will now be meeting with the Illinois state health department in order to determine whether or not that home will remain operating or not.

After  multiple incidents were reported, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will be ending the provider agreement at the nursing home on Tuesday. After officials investigated the Hillcrest Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center and found that there were incidents of resident-to-resident sexual abuse at the nursing home.

According to a spokesperson with the Illinois Department of Public Health, the nursing home will no longer be able to receive federal funding, which in many cases results in the closure of facilities because it is too difficult to operate.

A license revocation was filed by the IDPH in April, but Hillcrest officials will have a hearing on the matter on June 5. Officials also stated that there was an issue with patients being transferred without a regard to where they wanted to go. Ten out 16 patients transferred have filed complaints.

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