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NEWS REPORT: ROOMMATE WILL NOT BE CHARGED IN ALGOOD, TENNESSEE, NURSING HOME BEATING

On March 18, 2015, WSMV-TV out of Nashville, Tennessee, reported that a Midstate family wants to know why police aren't pressing charges after a beating at a Putnam County, Tennessee, nursing home.

According to WSMV, Grover Ledford, an 82-year-old Korean War veteran, is
recovering in the hospital after he was beaten by his roommate at Signature
Healthcare Nursing Home.

The facility, officially known as Signature Healthcare of Putnam County and
located at 278 Dry Valley Road Cookeville, Tennessee, is owned by LP
Cookeville, LLC, and managed by Signature Clinical Consulting Services
according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

The article quotes Mr. Ledford’s daughter, Janet Haymond, as saying "When I
look at him and I see that he has a broken nose and a cheekbone and an eye
socket and his face is all black and blue."

Apparently Haymond received a call Monday night about the incident. She was
waiting in the emergency room when her father arrived. "He said, 'He tried to kill
me, he tried to kill me. I kept calling for help. I couldn't get anybody to help me. I
could not get away. The door was closed,'" Haymond said.
It was reported that Ledford is immobile from the waist down and suffers from
dementia.

Last week, Ledford got a new roommate. Haymond said she became concerned
when the nurse said his status meant he could have violent tendencies. "That
raised a red flag for me," she said. "I asked, 'Could he hurt Dad?' And he said,
'No, he doesn't stay in the room enough.'"
Days later, a nurse walked in to find the new roommate beating Ledford with a
glass Coke bottle across his head and hands.

"Somebody had seen potential for harm, injury, abuse on this individual, and
someway, somehow, somebody dropped the ball," Haymond said.
The Algood police chief responded with two officers. Police later said they are
not pressing charges because the elderly man has Alzheimer's. Haymond said
she wants policies reviewed on how the facility assigns roommates.

It was reported that Signature Healthcare CEO Scott Goins gave the following
statement: "We follow our guidelines and we are very confident in the policies,
procedures and systems we have in place," Goins said. "And we are always, as
any company is, looking for ways to improve every day, but confident in the
systems we have in place."

The WSMV article can be accessed through the following link:
http://www.wsmv.com/story/28556485/roommate-will-not-be-charged-in-nursinghome-beating#ixzz3VKLXFbxr

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