Woman pleads guilty to failing to provide medical care

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COLLINSVILLE — A Belleville woman has been sentenced to probation and fined for failing to administer lifesaving measures at a Collinsville nursing home.

Illinois State Police say licensed practical nurse Christy McCall, 45, of Belleville, pleaded guilty to reckless driving for failing to administer lifesaving measures to a resident living at Collinsville Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center on August 1, 2017.

McCall’s original charges of criminal negligence of a resident of a long-term care facility causing death and criminal negligence of a resident of a long-term care facility causing injury were dismissed as terms of the guilty plea.

McCall was sentenced to 12 months probation last week, with fines and costs of $1,039.

On August 1, 2017, the administrator of the Collinsville Health and Rehabilitation Center notified the Illinois State Police’s Medicaid Fraud Control Office of an allegation that McCall neglected to provide proper care of a resident, resulting in death. The state police investigation found that McCall failed to intervene and assess the resident’s deteriorating condition and failed to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) after he was alerted by other nursing home staff to the resident’s callousness.

State police say McCall failed to enter the resident’s room to provide necessary medical assistance, which ultimately contributed to the resident’s death.

The case was presented to the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office for prosecution, which resulted in formal criminal charges being filed against McCall. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation also suspended her nursing license due to this investigation.

“The dedicated men and women of the Illinois State Police Medicaid Fraud Enforcement Office are committed to conducting investigations to protect the Medicaid system,” said the state police director. of Illinois, Brendan F. Kelly. “The Illinois State Police takes these types of allegations seriously and will continue to thoroughly investigate these allegations and help bring to justice those who attempt to harm those in the long-term care facilities,” Kelly added.

People are encouraged to call the ISP’s Medicaid Fraud Hotline at 888-557-9503 to report suspected fraud or abuse by medical providers involved in the Medicaid system.