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The Grove in Zion seeks new administrator amid allegations of abuse

The sign for The Grove Lake Living   RehabilitatiCenter 2534 Elim Ave. Zion. | Submitted photo

The sign for The Grove at the Lake Living & Rehabilitation Center, 2534 Elim Ave., Zion. | Submitted photo

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Updated: November 3, 2013 6:15AM

The Grove at the Lake Living & Rehabilitation Center in Zion is looking for a new administrator in the wake of allegations of neglect and possible abuse at the facility.

Also, the Illinois Department of Public Health has completed an investigation into complaints of improper care at the Grove, but is waiting to make its conclusions public until officials have had a dialogue with management of the Grove concerning the investigation’s final report, according to spokeswoman Melanie Arnold.

A job posted Monday on, an Internet employment posting and search service, said the Grove is looking for an energetic nursing home administrator “with turnaround experience” to manage and operate the 230-bed skilled care facility.

Arnold said the Department of Public Health has made no recommendations or demands with regard to the administrator position.

Jim Kouzious, regional director of operations for Legacy Healthcare, which runs the Grove, commented on the job posting through a prepared statement.

“We are looking to add an executive director position at the Grove at the Lake Living & Rehabilitation Center. We are always looking to enhance our talented team in order to provide the best care for our residents,” he said.

Several local families have come forward alleging cases of neglect or abuse at the Grove and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) became involved by starting up an informational campaign and picketing at the facility.

LULAC president Julie Contreras called the issue “a human services crisis.”

The first public complaints came from the family of 87-year-old Carmen Marrero. The family reported its complaints regarding Marrero’s treatment at the Grove to Zion police.

In August, Marrero’s daughter, Nancy Rivera, was informed her mother had an abscess in her mouth and was taken to the hospital with a black eye, bruising on her back and her jaw swollen due to being fractured in two places.

A surgeon told Rivera the injuries could not have resulted from an abscess, and were likely caused by a fall or other trauma.

Marrero had surgery to insert a plate in her jaw, and is now staying at another facility.

Contreras said several other families have contacted LULAC with concerns about family members at The Grove. One is the family of 52-year-old Roberta Christian, who has liver failure.

Christian’s sister, Genny Lowy of Winthrop Harbor, said Christian has had scabies mites five times since she moved into The Grove, and told family members she had been assaulted at the facility. Christian’s family also made a report with Zion police.

Some of the families have contacted attorneys who have requested their clients medical record from the Grove.

Zion police did not return a call Monday regarding their investigation into the reports.

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