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Woman Dies in Nursing Home Because of Allegedly Misread Chart

Nursing HomeA Villa Park woman died in a Highland Park nursing home because of what her family and their attorneys alleged was a misread medical chart. A lawsuit was recently filed.

Kim Cencula, 52, was staying last year at the Warren Barr North Shore nursing home while she recovered from a recent bout of pneumonia. While at the facility, Ms. Cencula contracted what was later identified as Elizabethkingia, a bacterial infection.


On the early morning of March 29, 2016, nursing home staff found Ms. Cencula unresponsive in her bed. Family attorneys alleged that the staff made no attempt to revive her until nearly a half hour later, when 911 was called. A nursing assistant, the attorneys further claimed, had misread Ms. Cencula’s medical chart, believing that it ordered staff not to resuscitate her, when in fact it stated that all life-saving measures should be taken – a mistake that may have fatally delayed emergency treatment.

The Illinois Department of Public Health subsequently investigated the incident and cited and fined Warren Barr North Shore. The family filed suit against the facility on April 4, 2017 for negligence and wrongful death.

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