Iowa nursing home fined $15,000 after deaths

CENTERVILLE, Iowa (AP) — A nursing home in northern Iowa has been fined $15,000 following the death of two patients.

The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/URjSSW ) reports state inspectors say the Golden Age Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Centerville has repeatedly failed to provide the minimum level of nursing care for its residents.

It's the third time in seven months the home has faced the violation.

The newspaper reports the $15,000 fine is connected to the November death of a 91-year-old woman. An 89-year-old woman died around the same time. The home was fined $8,000 in September after a 64-year-old woman died while in respiratory distress.

Owners Stanley and Patricia Birchem of Leon say they plan to appeal the fine. Patricia Birchem also says issues regarding the two latest deaths have been absolved.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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