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Coronavirus in Oregon Nursing Homes – Healthcare at Foster Creek

Updated 4/21/2020

Nursing homes always have a duty to provide a high degree of care for their residents. Now, that duty is more important than ever before. Unfortunately, some nursing homes aren’t doing everything they can to stop the spread of COVID-19, and in Portland, Healthcare at Foster Creek has come under scrutiny for numerous safety violations found by the Oregon Department of Human Services. 

Healthcare at Foster Creek Investigated Following COVID-19 Deaths

According to a report in The Oregonian (online), Healthcare at Foster Creek has become the site of one of the largest COVID-19 nursing home outbreaks: there are at least 50 confirmed cases of the disease amongst nursing home residents and staff. What’s more, there have been 14 coronavirus reported deaths of residents of the nursing home.

Following multiple COVID-19 deaths, the Department of Health and Human Services opened an investigation into Healthcare at Foster Creek. Its finding shows that the nursing home violated five state regulations; the report also includes documentation of 22 problems related to sanitation, safety, and best practices for infection control. Amongst some of the problems documented:

  • The nursing home failing to supply enough personal protective equipment (PPE), including only giving staff one mask per day;
  • The nursing home failing to provide infection control training to staff members;
  • Staff members failing to wash their hands between interactions with different residents;
  • The nursing home failing to check if staff who were coming to work had symptoms of coronavirus, including failing to check for fevers – a direct violation of federal guidelines and a state executive order; and
  • Staff members failing to maintain social distancing requirements between colleagues and residents.

Read the full list of violations —> Safety-violations-at-Healthcare-at-Foster-Creek.

Legal Avenues for Recovery: Holding Nursing Homes Liable for Harm

Those who are age 55 and above – the ages of nearly all nursing home residents – are at an increased risk of severe complication and death should they contract the virus. Coronavirus deaths in nursing homes total more than 5,500, as of April 15, 2020.

Oregon Department of Human Services has released the following confirmed and pending cases of COVID-19 in Oregon nursing homes. At the present time, Laurelhurst Village in Portland has 38 reported infections and 4 deaths.

Facility Name Type of Facility City Status Who Total cases Total deaths
Bonaventure of Tigard Assisted living Tigard Recovered Resident

1

1

Oregon Veterans Home Nursing home The Dalles Infected Resident

3

0

Four Seasons Memory Care Assisted living Salem Infected Staff

4

1

Salem Transitional Care Nursing home Salem Recovered Resident

5

1

Corvallis Manor Nursing home Corvallis Infected Resident

9

1

Village Health Care Nursing home Gresham Infected Unknown

10

0

The Oaks at Sherwood Park Nursing home Keizer Infected Resident

14

1

Lebanon Veterans Home Nursing home Lebanon Infected Resident and staff

34

4

Laurelhurst Village Nursing home Portland Infected Resident and staff

38

4

Healthcare at Foster Creek Nursing home Portland Infected Resident and staff

50

9

Avamere Bethany ALF Assisted living Portland Infected Staff Unknown Unknown
Avamere Court at Keizer Assisted living Keizer Infected Resident Unknown Unknown
Avamere Rehab of Hillsboro Nursing home Hillsboro Infected Staff Unknown Unknown
Brookdale Beaverton Assisted living Beaverton Recovered Staff Unknown Unknown
Cherry Blossom Cottage Assisted living Portland Infected Resident Unknown Unknown
Edgewood Point Assisted Living Assisted living Beaverton Recovered Staff Unknown Unknown
Fernhill Estates Nursing home Portland Recovered Staff Unknown Unknown
Friendship Health Center Nursing home Portland Infected Staff Unknown Unknown
Harmony Guest Home Assisted living Hillsboro Infected Staff Unknown Unknown
Hearthstone At Murrayhill Assisted living Beaverton Recovered Staff Unknown Unknown
Marquis Centennial Post Acute Rehab Nursing home Portland Recovered Staff Unknown Unknown
Marquis Marian Estates Nursing home Sublimity Infected Resident and staff Unknown Unknown
Marquis Mill Park Nursing home Milwaukie Infected Staff Unknown Unknown
Marquis Piedmont Assisted living Portland Infected Staff Unknown Unknown
Maryville Memory Care Assisted living Beaverton Recovered Staff Unknown Unknown
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Beaverton Assisted living Beaverton Recovered Staff Unknown Unknown
Pacifica Senior Living Assisted living Portland Recovered Staff Unknown Unknown
Parkhurst Place Assisted living Hood River Infected Staff Unknown Unknown
Powell Valley Memory Care Assisted living Gresham Infected Resident Unknown Unknown
Prestige Menlo Park Nursing home Portland Recovered Resident Unknown Unknown
Prestige Sr. Living High Desert Assisted living Bend Infected Staff Unknown Unknown
Regency Care of Central Oregon Nursing home Bend Recovered Staff Unknown Unknown
Regency Park Alzheimer’s Assisted living Portland Infected Resident and staff Unknown Unknown
Regency Park Assisted Living Assisted living Portland Infected Resident and staff Unknown Unknown
River Grove Memory Care Assisted living Eugene Infected Staff Unknown Unknown
Robison Jewish Home Nursing home Portland Recovered Resident and staff Unknown Unknown
Rose Linn Vintage Place Assisted living West Linn Recovered Staff Unknown Unknown
Terrace at Laurelhurst Village Assisted living Portland Infected Staff Unknown Unknown
Timberhill Place Assisted living Corvallis Recovered Resident Unknown Unknown
Astor House Senior Living Assisted living Newberg Recovered Unknown

12

6

Jason Lee Manor Assisted living Salem Recovered Unknown

2

1

Marion Estates Assisted living Sublimity Recovered Unknown

16

1

Raleigh Hills Senior Care Assisted living Portland Recovered null null null

 

COVID-19 is highly contagious and, even when best practices are in place, stopping its spread can be difficult. However, simple practices–like implementing social distancing measures, washing hands frequently, and the proper use of PPE (personal protective equipment)–may indeed slow the spread and help to prevent infections.  Unfortunately, some nursing homes are failing to implement best practices, putting their residents at high risk.

If your loved one has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and has suffered severe complications as a result, including death, and you believe that a nursing home is to blame, you may have cause for a civil action. Nursing homes have a legal duty to exercise the highest duty of care when treating residents; if this duty is breached and a resident suffers harm as a direct result, the nursing home can be held liable and responsible for paying monetary damages. If you think that you have a case, we urge you to consult with an attorney immediately.

Call Our Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorneys Today

At the Johnston Law Firm, we know how devastating COVID-19 can be, and how tragic losing a loved one to the disease is. If you have questions about how to hold a nursing home liable for harm, please call our Oregon personal injury lawyers or send us a message directly for a free consultation. 

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Marc Johnston

Lead Attorney at Johnston Law Firm, P.C.

Based in downtown Portland, Marc A. Johnston is the owner and managing attorney of the award-winning, internationally-known personal injury law firm, Johnston Law Firm, P.C. Marc's career has been dedicated to representing the injured and individuals who have been treated unfairly by an insurance company. His focus on trial law creates the backbone of the Johnston Law Firm — a firm that is ready to go the distance in seeking justice for its clients.