Brookdale Senior Living in West Ashley fined by DHEC for multiple violations
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) —
A West Ashley nursing home and assisted living facility where a woman was killed by an alligator in 2016 has been fined by the S.C. Dept. of Health and Environmental control for multiple violations.
DHEC confirms Brookdale Senior Living Solutions paid in August fines totaling $6,400 for 11 violations uncovered during a series of inspections and investigations between July 2016 and March 2017.
Brookdale officials met with DHEC's board of directors Thursday to finalize the case and review corrective actions staff agreed to earlier in the year.
DHEC says following an August inspection that turned up no violations and the receipt of money for the fines, it now considers the case against Brookdale closed.
Brookdale came under scrutiny following the death of 90-year-old Bonnie Walker in late July 2016. Authorities say Walker managed to leave the facility while unsupervised late the night of July 26, 2016.
Walker was found dead the next day in a retention pond on Brookdale's property. Officials say she had been attacked by an alligator.
Brookdale has since settled a wrongful death suit over Walker's death, according to lawyers.
Meanwhile, Walker’s granddaughter, has filed another lawsuit against Brookdale for negligence.