Pa. Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against Nursing Home Chain with Former Area Ties

golden-living-centerCLARION, Pa. (EYT) – A lawsuit brought against a nursing home chain that had locations in Clarion and Venango counties was recently dismissed.

According to a story on lancasteronline.com, Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court dismissed a suit by former state Attorney General Kathleen Kane in 2015.

The suit alleged that Golden Gate National Senior Care, the Texas-based parent of Golden Living, engaged in deceptive advertising in Pennsylvania, left patients neglected in understaffed homes, and lied in patient assessments and in billing statements to the state’s Medical Assistance program.

The Commonwealth Court said the alleged false advertising was not material misrepresentation and that patient assessments didn’t qualify as advertising.

Additionally, the court stated that there are existing laws and procedures to deal with the alleged fraudulent billing, and the state is obliged to pursue those remedies other than filing a lawsuit.

Golden Living issued the following statement in response to the court’s decision:

“We are pleased with the decision from Commonwealth Court dismissing the case brought against Golden Gate National Senior Care LLC and related entities in its entirety. Golden Living has always been, and will remain, fully committed to the quest for quality senior care.”

Guardian Elder Care, based in Brockway, bought 14 former Golden Living Centers in Pa. and took over operations last fall.

They included Clarion, Haida, Hillview, Kinzua, Meyersdale, Oil City, Richland, Shippenville, Titusville, Uniontown, Walnut Creek, Waynesburg, Western Reserve, and William Penn.

The Clarion and Shippenville locations were named in the suit against Golden Living.

According to Guardian Elder Care’s website, the company is a privately owned Healthcare Organization providing services to communities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.

Starting in 1995, Guardian has grown to 30 Healthcare Communities, with 25 of those located in Pennsylvania, four in Ohio, and one in West Virginia. Since 2005, the company established three ancillary service divisions to provide pharmacy, rehabilitation, and home health care services.

“Our mission is to achieve and sustain the best quality of life for others through caring relationships and the very best healthcare services,” states the website. “Over 3,300 employees believe in that mission and approach their daily interaction with residents with care and quality as their goal.”

The company has over 2,520 skilled nursing, personal care, and independent living units.

A call to Guardian Elder Care was not immediately returned, and a message was left with Golden Living.


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