Joseph Schwartz, the New York state owner of the failed Arkansas nursing home chain, Skyline Health Care, who is facing tax and Medicaid fraud charges in Arkansas, has been ordered to pay the family of a Little Rock woman who died in one of his facilities $15.7 million for neglect and wrongful death.
Zelma Grissom, the mother of six, died at 81 in May 2018 after a stay of almost 15 months between March 2016 and June 2017 at the Hillview Post Acute and Rehabilitation Center in Little Rock. A bedsore became infected, leading to her death from sepsis, her lawyers said.
Grissom’s survivors filed suit in Pulaski County Circuit Court about three months later.
Grissom moved into the Hillview facility after a debilitating stroke that required her to be fed by tube, said attorney John Landis, who represented the family with co-counsel Adam Freyaldenhoven.
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