Another family alleges relative was victim of abuse at St. Louis County nursing home

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by Matt Sczesny / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on June 12, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 12 at 9:09 PM

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV) -- The family of a resident at a St. Louis County nursing home says their 68-year-old relative had to be taken to the hospital after suffering horrific injuries from alleged neglect. The news comes within days after a criminal elderly abuse investigation was launched against St. John’s Place.

While the Missouri Department of Health is not officially talking about the allegations, police have confirmed they were told of the incidents.

Gail Drmacich, the family member of a now former resident, saw a News 4 story and said she wanted to paint a troubling picture of what’s really going on inside the St. John’s Place facility.

“This is more neglect, I would say more neglect,” said Drmacich, who cleaned out her mother-in-law’s room out Tuesday. “She’s got bruises on her, could be from a fall I can’t tell you.”

Drmacich’s mother-in-law is now in a hospital with a fractured elbow and a separated shoulder. Drmacich says the final straw came when she saw the woman’s right arm turning green last week and called a doctor.

“I told her what was going on with her hand and she said she needs to be in the ER. I immediately called the nursing home and said, ‘call an ambulance, she needs to go to Mercy, they want her in the ER,” said Drmacich.

Drmacich says it took the nursing home two hours to finally call an ambulance.

Drmacich’s allegations of neglect come on the heels of a criminal police investigation into the St. John’s Place nursing home. That case involves an 82-year-old woman who suffered deep cuts and bruises.

But St. John’s Place Executive director Jon Dolan says the 82-year-old woman fell while being transferred from a wheelchair to a bed and was not the victim of abuse.   

The Missouri Health Care Association, responding on behalf of St John’s Place, says the allegations are either unfounded by the state or not yet reported.

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