An Oak Park Charity hospital closed its doors to long-term care patients at the end of Summer 2011. The closure is blamed on the massive budget deficit that is plaguing Cook County.
The hospital was home to patients who required high levels of treatment and care. One such individual, Michael Yanul, was forced to transfer to a local area nursing home after the hospital shut down. Mr. Yanul had muscular dystrophy and required a ventilator to breathe. Mr. Yanul feared he would not survive the transfer and sadly, his fears became true.
Just three weeks after transferring to a local nursing home, Mr. Yanul died of pneumonia and a blood infection after a number of issues with his care arose at the home. Tom Yunal, Michael Yunal's brother, has filed a complaint against the nursing home claiming that the home lacked the necessary equipment to care for his brother and that the staff was not trained on how to care for him.
Transfers of this type are extremely complex and communication between the sending and receiving facilities are essential. Even minor changes in types of equipment used can prove fatal.