A Lebanon nursing home acted improperly when leaving a man with health problems in a wheelchair at an Alorton truck stop because he did not submit to a background check, according to a state investigation.
The Illinois Department of Public Health cited the Petersen Health Network, parent company of the Lebanon Care Center, with improper nursing care, violation of resident rights and an involuntary transfer.
Greg Wilson, vice president of operations of Petersen Health Care, said in an email Wednesday that the center plans to appeal the state licensure violations.
“The facility continues to maintain that at all times it was in compliance with all state (and) federal regulations and was acting at the direction of the Illinois department of public health in discharging the resident,” Wilson stated.
The state did not fine Petersen Health Network or the Lebanon Care Center.
The department of public health investigated complaints that on July 31 the care center left Thomas Hearty sitting in his wheelchair outside the Denny’s and Flying J gas station off Illinois 15 in Alorton.
Hearty has a history of diabetes and at least four strokes. He was left there with his clothes in two plastic bags and without his medication or identification after he asked the nursing home staff to take him to the truck stop.