It was horrifying to families that had already lived through the tragedy of having a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. As reported in the media, 9 residents of the Britthaven of Chapel Hill nursing home tested positive for strong pain medication–opiates–that hadn’t been prescribed to them…one later died.
Now, ENCtoday.com reports that the incident and the facility are under the microscope from the NC State Bureau of Investigation and the Medicaid Investigations Unit of the Attorney General’s office. One new twist: the Kinston-based Britthaven “also has come under scrutiny for its financial contributions to political campaigns in recent years, thanks in large part to the efforts of Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy North Carolina.” (ENCtoday.com)
According to WRAL, Britthaven employees and Britthaven’s parent company, Hillco, gave more than $175,000 to state political candidates during the 2004 and 2008 elections. The donations went to Republican and Democratic candidates equally.
Impressive. But that kind of political spending won’t buy Britthaven a way out of this investigation…and it certain doesn’t give peace of mind to families of current residents.
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