Report: Feds investigating St. Paul nursing home over ventilator deaths

Reports say at least three residents have died due to alleged neglect.
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A retirement home in St. Paul is the subject of a federal investigation after the deaths of several residents.

Reports say Bethel Care Center, which is located at 420 Marshall Ave, has been previously blamed by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for multiple ventilator-related deaths.

According to the Pioneer Press, a newly publicized state report says there have been three such incidents over the past four years.

The paper says the cases — the most recent of which happened in August — involved staff "failing to respond in a timely manner" to their patients' ventilator alarms.

Meanwhile, according to a Friday report from KSTP, the MDH has confirmed that "a federal investigation is now underway" into the deaths at Bethel.

The station notes that Bethel, which is owned by Welcov Healthcare in Edina, issued a statement following the most recent fatality, saying "staff has taken aggressive measures to bring the facility into full compliance since the deficiencies were cited last year."

This is the latest in a long series of news stories involving Minnesota retirement homes. 

Last weekend, a fire broke out at the Waters of White Bear Lake, sending multiple people to the hospital, and in November, several residents of Copperfield Hill in Robbinsdale were sickened by what was believed to be an animal repellent.

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