One 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.
Related Nursing Home Law Center LLC Blog Entries:
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)
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