What’s In A Name? Are Large Nursing Home Chains Intentionally Attempting To Deceive The Public When It Comes To Corporate Ownership?

iStock_000007662462XSmallOne of the things I do each morning is to look through my google reader account to see the new updates regarding nursing home news and information.  Today, I glanced through the news stories to find another unfortunate report regarding the alleged abuse of a patient at an Ohio nursing home.

As I read the article, where abuse was alleged to have occurred at Heartland Lansing Nursing Home, I realized how deceptive the names of nursing homes can be to the general public.  In the case of Heartland, it is part of the nursing home behemoth, HCR Manor Care.

Yet by looking at the name alone most people, including most of the residents at the facility, likely have no idea that Heartland Lansing Nursing Home is actually owned by ManorCare.  Further confusing the matter is that ManorCare operates nursing homes around the country under the Heartland, ManorCare and Alden Courts surnames.

Why don’t large nursing home chains want to lend the parent companies name to individual facilities?

I am open to ideas, but I firmly believe large nursing home operators carefully name (and re-name) facilities with the intent of shielding the parent company from possible liability in the case of an injury or death.  Additionally, these knock-off names are also used to give an appearance that many of the facilities are small mom-and-pop operations as opposed to being operated by a health care conglomerate controlled with decision makers thousands of miles away.

The name-game gets much more complicated when it comes to other national nursing home chains.  For example, Kindred operates 14 nursing homes in Ohio all with different names and all without any signal to the pubic that Kindred owns and operates these facilities.

While I may be making a big deal about the names of nursing homes, the fact is that the names are crucial when it comes to naming responsible entities in a legal proceeding.  In this respect, there can be little doubt that a number of lawsuits get dismissed or a parent company evades responsibility because the name of the facility where the alleged negligence occurred throws off the injured party.

The corporate ownership behind the names can be even more complex and confusing.  Many corporate owners have split up all aspects of the daily operation of nursing homes into different entities and — you guessed it— all with different names.  In some cases of corporately owned nursing homes, parent companies have successfully evaded responsibility for the actions of their employees by hiding under these shell companies.

All this is to say, is that many nursing home operators have become extremely sophisticated when it comes to using ‘legal loopholes’ to avoid responsibility for specific acts.  Consequently, a thorough examination of each nursing home’s corporate structure must be analyzed prior to initiating any legal proceeding.

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Kindred Operated Nursing Homes In Ohio

Cambridge Health & Rehabilitation Center (Cambridge)
Chillicothe Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (Chillicothe)
Community Healthcare Center (Marion)
Coshocton Health & Rehabilitation Center (Coshocton)
Franklin Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (Columbus)
Lebanon Country Manor (Lebanon)
Logan Health Care Center (Logan)
Minerva Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (Columbus)
Newark Healthcare Centre (Newark)
Pickerington Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (Pickerington)
The Greens Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (Lyndhurst)
The LakeMed Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (Painesville)
Winchester Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (Canal Winchester)
The Fountains on the Greens (Lyndhurst)

For laws related to Ohio nursing homes, look here.


0 responses to “What’s In A Name? Are Large Nursing Home Chains Intentionally Attempting To Deceive The Public When It Comes To Corporate Ownership?”

  1. Marjorie says:

    Manor Care is a disgrace and they should all be closed down. I do not know who is paying who off.
    They just keep getting their hands slapped. These are our parents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, etc.
    They get fined and what do they do? Raise the rates for the self payors. They sure can’t get a increase from Medicaid. Or when they become Medicaid eligible they send them to a county or state home.
    Do people realize that when they get diapers and supplies from the nursing home they are double to quadruple the cost of buying on their own.
    I have seen Manor Care cover up falls and abuse. They are supposed to report each fall and abuse claim to the state for the record/credentialing. Do they? No, it will make them look bad. Do they know what a incident report looks like? No, they had to be educated!
    People stop thinking that the nursing home will take care of your elderly parents. You must stop in to see them.
    The Manor Care that I was visiting was assisted living-they had no call bells in the rooms, not even in the bathroom. It would take them until the next meal to figure out that they fell. Or in the middle of the night, they would not find them until someone came in the give them medication.
    The person that I went in to see fell, with a gashed head. bruised knees, a injured tail bone. The patient needed stitches. they needed to take the client to the hospital. No they decided to sit the client in a chair and wait to see if the client has a concussion. These are the kind of people taking care of our relatives for $5-8,000 per month.
    You would have been better off keeping your loved one at home with a home care aide.

  2. Kathleen Veit says:

    How can I find out the corporation that owns a nursing home? I can’t believe how difficult it is; even the nursing home itself will not tell me.
    The only information I have is that the corporate office is located in Bedford Heights, OH. I am trying to find information on:
    The Manor at Whitehall
    Whitehall, OH 43213
    Thanks for any help.
    Kathy Veit

  3. kimberly green says:

    My grandmother was in a nursing home in barling arkansas. the owner JOHN B MONTGOMERY owns at least 50 nursing homes in oklahoma and Arkansas. SHE was sent to the ICU and found to have been severely dehydrated to the point her kidneys were dry, not only that BUT she fell three times, the last time, the nursing home covered it up and didn’t tell me about it. (she went in as a fall risk)
    Background checks were apparently not being conducted because one of her CNA’s had a criminal background and a current warrant for his arrest. Questionalbe backgrounds of the administrative staff…… whats so ironic is that i am having a hard time finding an attorney to take on this bad nursing home owner. Too many pre-exisiting medical conditions, of course she did all nursing home residents have preexisting medical conditions that is why they are there!!
    Found 24 incorporations in arkansas operated under the name of the son, oklahoma incorp with his name. Other family members are also in the nursing home business in oklahoma
    oh,and the construction company he owns, does the construction of the nursing home, they just added another wing. How ironic is that…

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