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Memory care facility faces multi-million dollar lawsuit

May 10, 2018
by I Advance Senior Care
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A multi-million dollar lawsuit has been filed against a Eugene memory care facility by a former patient’s son, related to a severe scabies outbreak in 2016 that state authorities allege contributed to at least three patient deaths.

Arthur Lancaster, as a personal representative to the estate of Yasuko “Pat” Lancaster, filed the $7.8 million lawsuit Friday against SouthTowne Living Center, its former executive director David Scott Meisner, its former health director Jandyra Dubofsky, and its parent company Ageia Health Services. The lawsuit alleges medical negligence that resulted in the 2015 death of Pat Lancaster and a jury trial has been requested, according to The Register Guard.

The scabies outbreak affected dozens of SouthTowne residents between 2013 and 2016, and had allegedly been covered up by Meisner and Dubofsky, state records show. The outbreak and subsequent coverup was revealed in February of this year, following an investigation by The Register-Guard.

Pat Lancaster, moved into SouthTowne Memory Care — then known as SouthTowne Living Center — in December 2014 after she was diagnosed with dementia, her son previously told The Register-Guard. She died less than seven months later.

She had been taken to a hospital emergency room after a fall, and a nurse found the 83-year-old woman was covered in large open sores, believed by her family to have been caused by scabies. Lancaster was taken to a Portland-area burn unit where nurses worked for hours to clean her, her family had said. She was almost healed when she died from the toll the infection took on her internally, her family said.

Her son’s lawsuit alleges SouthTowne was negligent by failing to inform Lancaster’s family or medical providers about the scabies outbreak, not treating Lancaster’s scabies, taking Lancaster’s medications for their employees or agents to use on themselves, and not monitoring employees to make sure they were providing adequate patient care.

The lawsuit alleges Pat Lancaster suffered pain and discomfort, disfigurement, emotional distress, loss of motion, scars, and interference with normal and usual activities.

Read the full story at The Register Guard.