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‘Hermitage House’ fined $2,000 in death of patient

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – An assisted living home in Wilmington has been fined $2,000 for not taking a patient who fell to the doctor. Authorities say the patient suffered a broken neck and died several days later.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports the state Division of Health Services Regulation found the Hermitage House resident fell on April 29 and had bruises on the face the next day. The patient slid out of bed on April 30 or May 1, but wasn’t taken to the doctor until May 2. The emergency room physician found the patient had a broken neck. The patient died a few days later.

A spokesman for Meridian Senior Living which operates Hermitage House says the fine doesn’t indicate a serious problem, but workers should have gotten the patient help sooner.

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