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"Auburn nursing home fined in residents' death"

Original source:

The Sacramento Bee

By Cynthia Hubert
Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 - 2:07 pm

The state has issued the most severe citation possible to an Auburn nursing home for inadequate care that led to the death of a patient in 2007.

Colonial HealthCare, which is owned by Rocklin based Horizon West HealthCare, must pay a $100,000 fine for failing to adequately care for a resident, 83, who fell and fractured several ribs. The unidentified man died, according to the California Department of Public Health, after suffering "excruciating, unrelieved pain" for 21 hours and then being given an "excessive dose" of a narcotic pain medication.

The state agency issued a Class AA citation in the case, the third time since 2007 that the facility has received such a penalty.

A Horizon spokeswoman did not immediately return a call from a reporter on Monday.