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Wrongful death suit filed against Nashua long-term care facility

Union Leader Correspondent

April 05. 2017 10:15PM

BRENTWOOD — A wrongful death suit has been brought against a Nashua long-term care facility that claims its staff failed to properly care for an elderly woman who died in 2014.

The suit filed by Chinsuk Kim-Valenti, a Salem resident and administrator of the estate of Hun Kwang Kim, names Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation-Greenbriar and its physicians and nurses as defendants.

The suit alleges that the death of the 85-year-old Kim resulted from the staff’s failure to timely evaluate, recognize and treat her urinary tract infections; adequately assess and supervise her food and liquid intake; timely recognize and assess her for pneumonia; and provide proper supervision and develop a plan to address her risk for falls.

According to the suit, which was filed last week in Rockingham County Superior Court through the Portsmouth law firm Shaines & McEachern, Kim was admitted to the facility on April 10, 2013, for long-term dementia care.

The suit details numerous falls, urinary tract infections, and other behaviors that Kim experienced during her time at the facility and some of the steps that staff took to treat her medical issues.

Kim was eventually transferred to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center on May 20, 2014, where she was diagnosed with “severe” dehydration, sepsis and a possible stroke, the suit said.

“She was also noted to have a urinary tract infection and bilateral pulmonary infiltrates. Notes indicate that her sepsis was most likely due to a urinary tract infection or aspiration pneumonia. She was critically ill and placed on comfort measures only,” the suit said.

Kim died on June 2, 2014.

Among other things, the suit accuses the facility of wrongful death, gross negligence, and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

The suit doesn’t identify any of the staff members by name.

Barbara Wilkins, executive director for Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation-Greenbriar, did not immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday.

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