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Covenant Health Refutes Claims Regarding St. Therese Villa


LETHBRIDGE:    The investigation into claims that a 98-year old female dementia patient was bitten on the face by mice at a long term care home in the city continues.


The incident allegedly happened on September 1st, as claimed the the group "Friends of Medicare" in a news release issued September 9th. The next day, Provincial Health Minister Fred Horne announced a probe would be conducted under the Protection for "Persons in Care Act", along with a review into whether health standards were breached at St Terese Villa. Alberta Health Services will also monitor operations at the facility.


On Tuesday night, (September 10th) Covenant Health issued a statement statement indicating their own investigation had found no evidence that mice had bitten the elderly woman's face.


The un-edited text of that news release follows:


Covenant Health is co-operating fully with Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services in reviews following allegations that a resident was bitten by a mouse at St. Therese Villa.


Through its follow up investigation, Covenant Health has gathered more information, conferring with care staff and reviewing the documentation extensively.


As a result, the organization is confident that the resident was not bitten by a mouse. While a mouse was sighted in the room, there is no evidence, documentation or verbal confirmation that a mouse was ever sighted near the resident.


The resident has been assessed medically and the physician opinion is that there is no evidence of wounds caused by an animal bite. There is an indication that the symptoms are consistent with a viral condition. The medical review confirmed that appropriate care and treatment were provided.


“We can understand how the public would be alarmed at a story like the one that was circulated yesterday,” says President and CEO Patrick Dumelie, “We are also concerned for the distress these allegations have caused our families and residents and our staff who provide incredible care.”


In collaboration with Alberta Health Services, Covenant Health immediately dealt with any environmental concerns—cleaning areas thoroughly according to standards and protocol and are monitoring on an ongoing basis.


Pest control has been augmented at St. Therese Villa and the site will continue to use every precaution to prevent mice entering our facilities. Covenant Health will continue to review the situation for quality improvements and implement any further necessary changes.


Covenant Health welcomes anyone who has concerns—whether resident, staff, family, visitor--to bring them forward to administration or nursing staff.

Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 4/20/2014 8:47:30 AM
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