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Health Minister Confirms Investigation Into St. Therese Mice Incident


LETHBRIDGE:   Opposition calls for an investigation into an incident at the St. Therese Villa long-term care facility in the city appear to have been heeded by the Provincial Health Minister.


On Tuesday, Fred Horne ordered an investigation into a complaint that mice were found "nibbling" on the face of a dementia patient .


The announcement follows a revelation on Monday, when Friends of Medicare released information about an incident on September first, where mice were found biting the face of a dementia patient at St. Therese Villa.  Chair of the local chapter of Friends of Medicare, Shannon Phillips, called for a full review and investigation of this case under the "Protection of Persons in Care Act". Phillips claimed that staff at the facility had filed complaints about mice in the facility for about two years.


On Tuesday morning, Wildrose Seniors Critic Kerry Towle released a statement saying, "This type of alleged basic oversight in building maintenance and patient care is unacceptable". Towle also stated, " This PC government owes Albertans immediate action, and needs to release the details about why this incident occurred in the first place and what is going to be done to ensure it never happens again. She called for a Seniors Advocate in the province that can act independently of the bureaucracy to protect patients.


In an interview with Country 95 News, Covenant Vice-President of Operations Sheli Murphy, underscored that she isn't allowed to discuss the patient allegedly impacted in this incident, becaue of the Health Information Act prevents Covenant Health from releasing any information about patients. However, Murphy did confirm that the patient was being treated and that Covenant had called in pest control to take care of the mouse problem.


After that interview, the Covenant group issued a news release late Monday, stating, "We are reviewing allegations that came forth today regarding one of our residents. The allegations have not been verified: however they are concerning and we are taking immediate action". 


Also in response to the incident, Health Minister Horne says the probe into the incident will be conducted under the "Protection for Persons in Care Act", and Alberta Health Services will monitor operations at St. Therese Villa until probe's findings can be assessed.

Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 4/21/2014 1:52:09 PM
Source: Dori Modney (@Dori_Modney on Twitter) -- With files from Country 95 News and Canadian Press
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