Nursing Home Fined After Four Die From Pneumonia, Following Virus Outbreak

A Durham nursing home has been fined $2,000 for lapses in patient care in connection with an outbreak of viral respiratory illnesses at the home in April, in which four patients died of pneumonia. Nearly half of the home’s 43 residents were sickened during the outbreak, state records show. The state Department of Public Health released details of the citation and fine against Twin Maples Health Care Facility on Friday. It also released details of fines against an East Hampton home and a Danbury home. Twin Maples officials did not report the illnesses as an outbreak until April 24, nine days after 10 percent of the residents had symptoms, the state citation said.

Home health care nurse Tish Allen.

State Lags In Key Home Health Care Measures

As the Malloy administration seeks to expand home health care options and reduce reliance on nursing homes, a new national report shows Connecticut ranking in the bottom-quarter of states on several key indicators of home health quality, including the percentage of home care patients who show improvement in mobility and who avoid hospitalizations.

Teen Births: Solutions Embrace Cultural Nuances

Multi-million dollar initiatives to help at-risk and parenting teens across Connecticut call for “evidence-based” and “culturally appropriate” approaches – the mantra of experts assisting Hispanic youth, who have the highest number of teen births in the state.

Yanisha Claudio, 15, cuddles her son, Jordan. Jennifer Colon of the Nurturing Families Network looks on.

Teen Births: Nearly One-Half To Hispanics

While teen pregnancy rates have declined nationwide and in Connecticut, statistics and interviews show an intergenerational cycle of children-bearing-children puts Hispanic teens in Connecticut at risk of giving birth once, or even twice, before their twenties.

Darien Pediatrician Fined, Reprimanded

A Darien pediatrician has been fined $10,000 and reprimanded by the state for improperly removing 40 doses of flu vaccine meant for low-income children in 2010 from the Greenwich Hospital Pediatric Clinic for use in his private practice.