On April 27, 2005, Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that proceedings have been initiated to close down the Emerald Park Health Care Center in Evergreen Park. At the request of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Attorney Madigan filed an emergency motion in Cook County Circuit Court to appoint an administrator to oversee the Home’s closing. You can read the IDPH press release here.
Violations and fines have plagued Emerald Park for years, including a $20,000.00
fine for not providing sufficient nursing care in 2003, and $5000.00 fine
for not protecting a resident from mental and physical abuse in 2002.
It is encouraging to see the IDPH and the States Attorney’s Office acting to close this dismal caretaking facility. However, there are more facilities in the Chicagoland area that need closer scrutiny and further state action.
In any circumstance, if you feel that a loved one is not receiving adequate care, you may file a complaint with the IDPH by calling 1-800-252-4343. Be sure to give the IDPH the following information: the name & address of the nursing home in question; name of the resident; where the resident currently resides (or date of death); and the Specific allegations of negligence or lack of care.
You may also contact us at one of the links to the left for more information.