Personal Injury

Nursing home investigation impacts coroner race

Last month I told you the story of two nurses at Woodstock Residence in Woodstock, Ill., who were charged with criminal neglect and obstructing justice as a result into investigations into murders at the nursing home. Marty Himebaugh allegedly administered drugs such as morphine to calm restless patients and gave overdoses to others she deemed had lived long enough. Complaints made to her supervisor Penny Whitlock were dismissed.

It appears the impact of this case is being felt in the McHenry County coroner’s race, according to the Daily Herald.

Democratic challenger David Bachmann claims his five-term Republican opponent Marlene Lantz should have done more to ensure the safety of the victims at Woodstock Residence. Bachmann says the home reported a total of 36 deaths in the years 2004 and 2005 combined. There were the same number of deaths during the first nine months of 2006, he said.

Bachmann, a former funeral home director, contends, “Had Miss Lantz gone out to the nursing home in April or early May, she would have caught this.”

Lantz argued that there was no reason for her office to have been suspicious, as the patients who died were in hospice care or had a terminal illness.

The McHenry County Coroner’s Office exists to provide people of McHenry County with a thorough investigation in the event of a death. The election will be held November 4, 2008.