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Norman nursing home cited in report

BY ANN KELLEY Modified: November 19, 2008 at 4:27 am •  Published: November 19, 2008
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photo - NURSING HOME: Whispering Pines Nursing Center in Norman, Oklahoma on Tuesday November 18, 2008.  By Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman   ORG XMIT: KOD
NURSING HOME: Whispering Pines Nursing Center in Norman, Oklahoma on Tuesday November 18, 2008. By Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

Jack Crow said his wife, 61, has early onset Alzheimer’s disease, but told him a man at the center knocked her down and beat her unconscious. Whispering Pines staff members claimed she fell, he said.

"She had multiple bruises on her face, neck and shoulders,” Crow said of his wife’s injuries. "She looked like someone had put their legs on her shoulders and whaled on her.”

Whispering Pines officials reported the incident to DHS, but officials from its Long Term Care Investigations Unit declined to open an investigation.

That’s when Crow got A Perfect Cause involved. The patient advocacy group offered a $2,500 reward for information about Carol Crow’s injuries and generated numerous tips to help the Health Department investigation, said Wes Bledsoe, the group’s founder.

Bledsoe said tips included allegations of staff members stealing patients’ medicines, and "horror stories” about physical and sexual assaults on patients.

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