For Release: Monday, August 15, 2016
Contact(s): Deirdre Gilbert (832) 488-5765
HOUSTON – The National Medical Malpractice Advocacy Association announced today that it has filed a complaint against The Colonnades at Reflection Bay, alleging abuse of several patients. The complaint alleges that the facility engaged in abuse, degradation, physical punishment, neglect, theft of property and failure to maintain infection control. The complaint also alleges that this facility is money laundering money through a for-profit Sweeny Hospital District with Cantex Continuing Care Network as the Management Company.
The Colonnades at Reflection Bay is a large size nursing homes facility in Pearland Texas. It is purported to provide both short and long-term care. This company is stated not to be a part of a Continuing Care Facility according to the Department of Aging and Disability Services. On August 1, 2016 NMMAA was called about a patient within the facility who was stated to have fallen out of the bed. No one could account for how long the patient had been on the floor or how she received several contusions, and bruises to her body. This patient happened to be my family member of the National Director of NMMAA. National Director, Deirdre D. Gilbert visited the facility to find out what happened and no one could tell her anything. It is stated when she walked into the room the patient was naked from the waist down, laying on a bed half covered laying on a wet pad. This was 6:30 pm of that same day and the patient had not been documented of the fall or was taken or observed for any broken bones. It was only at the insistence of Deirdre Gilbert that the patient was sent to Memorial Hermann for observation and was given a series of test to determine if there were any broken bones. The patient was found to have internal bleeding which could have been caused by the doctor giving her three blood thinners. The patient was also documented with bruises on elbow, arms, and knees.
The patient was also noted to having hallucinations so NMMAA Director, requested from the doctor to see if there was a test to see if she had been injected with Haldol, but there is no test to determine that. Many nursing homes have resorted to giving patients these drugs without consent causing patients to become disillusioned and lethargic. On August 2, 2016 Pearland Police was contacted to come in and do a report so that we could have it on file that we were reporting abuse of a patient. Case #2016064934.
The records of the patient showed that she had not had a bowel movement for 20 days. She was noted to have E, Coli which was not being treated. Nurses were caring for other patients in the facilities without gloves or protective clothing. The patient had not had a bathe since she entered that facility on July 15, 2016.
The Colonnades at Reflection Bay has been cited for abuse of patients on several occasions. The police reported that they have had several complaints from this facility. We also received from EMS that they have had to transport several patients noted to have been abused, neglected, mistreated and some have died. NMMAA receives several complaints and one week after the filing of the first complaint has had another call reporting abuse of another patient. From a confirmed source several patients have died in this facility and states that The Colonnades has never reported these incidences.
In addition The Colonnades has been stripped of its’ funding on several occasions and is still not adequately protecting residents from abuse. NMMAA has asked for a full investigation and Complete Closure of its’ facility.
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National Medical Malpractice Advocacy Association (NMMAA) Files Complaint Claiming Abuse of Patients in Nursing Home