A lawsuit has been filed against the firm that manages the Alabama’s three veterans homes, charging negligence led to the death in 2007 of a resident in the William F. Green Veterans Home in Bay Minette.
Health Management Resources Advantage Health Systems, also known as HMR, has managed the homes since 2004. The wrongful death lawsuit, filed in Baldwin County Circuit Court, names not only HMR but also David Grimes who was the Green home administrator at the time of the death.
Efforts to reach George Harris, an attorney for HMR, were unsuccessful this morning. The Green home has had patient care problems in the past, but is now fully licensed.
In a press release, Montgomery attorney Jere Beasley said the suit was filed on behalf of the family of Leroy Myers, a decorated World War II veteran and resident of the Green home “who died as the result of a fall on May 3, 2007.”
“Mr. Myers was a true American hero and he deserved the very best of care, attention and treatment at this facility,” Beasley said. “He clearly failed to get it and that’s a shame and a disgrace.”
The lawsuit was filed Thursday, one day before the deadline the state Department of Veterans Affairs has set for receiving bids from health care firms to manage the three state veterans homes for the next five years.
At a January meeting of the state Board of Veterans Affairs, State Veterans Affairs Commissioner Clyde Marsh said the three homes were “licensed and operating within federal VA and state health guidelines.”
Marsh said the Green home “was providing good quality care a year ago, and it is providing good quality care today,” and he took issue with a Department of Justice report that was critical of conditions
Marsh also said the report, made public late last year, contained “flawed and dated information” and “rampant speculation and flat out assumptions and conjecture .¤.¤. which grossly distorts and misrepresents the health care conditions at the home.”