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Wisconsin nursing homes fail to report deaths, injuries

Investigation finds operators sometimes ignore federal law

5:55 PM, Feb. 18, 2013
Charles Pietrowski's mother, Mary, fell and broke her hip at Sunrise Care Center in Milwaukee in January 2010. The nursing home did not report the incident to the Wisconsin health department, as required by law, and the state did not investigate the injury for more than seven months, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism found. The state later determined that Pietrowski fell due to negligence.
Charles Pietrowski's mother, Mary, fell and broke her hip at Sunrise Care Center in Milwaukee in January 2010. The nursing home did not report the incident to the Wisconsin health department, as required by law, and the state did not investigate the injury for more than seven months, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism found. The state later determined that Pietrowski fell due to negligence.
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Richard Witt thought his wife was lucky.

Over the course of 18 years, Kathy Witt was diagnosed with five types of cancer: ovarian, brain, cervical-spine, spine, breast. In 2008, at the age of 65, she had survived them all. Doctors called her the "miracle lady," Richard Witt said.

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