Wisconsin may impose largest fine ever against nursing home

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Wisconsin state officials have recommended a $1.5 million fine against Capeside Cove Good Samaritan Center in Siren for allegedly allowing resident abuse. It would be the largest penalty ever imposed against a Wisconsin nursing home.

"The fine is a reflection of the inexcusable performance of this facility," said Susan Schroeder, director of the Bureau of

Quality Assurance, which regulates the state's nursing homes. "We are not going to tolerate this kind of resident abuse."

The home, owned by Sioux Falls, SD-based Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, was cited for 11 federal deficiencies and two state citations. Inspection reports accuse the facility of allowing abusive relatives of nursing home residents to repeatedly visit the home. In one case, a confused elderly woman was allegedly sexually assaulted by her brother-in-law. In another, a resident was repeatedly hit by her husband of 60 years without staff intervention, the report says.

Evangelical disputes the findings.