COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — State regulators on Tuesday suspended the licenses of a nursing home following the death of a resident earlier this month, a move which will force residents to be transferred to other facilities.
Residents were notified by staff that they must leave the Union Printers Home by the end of March and will get help finding new facilities.
Home resident Margarita Sam, 90, died on Feb. 3. According to a family statement, Sam was found half-nude on a bench outside one of the main buildings, KRDO-TV reported. They said that she had gotten into an argument with a staffer and went outside to cool off.
The El Paso County Coroner's Office has not reached a conclusion on how Sam died, saying its report could take four to six weeks to complete.
The suspension of the licenses is the culmination of a few incidents at the facility, said Randy Kuykendall, director of the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment's Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division. He said the owners of the home, Valor Health Network/Heart Living Centers, cooperated fully in the investigation.
The owners have not commented on the suspensions.