Two nursing home residents died and two were found in critical condition after police got a call for a welfare check Sunday, the Thomasville Police Department said.
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Two residents at Pine Ridge Health & Rehabilitation Center were found dead after police did a welfare check at the facility
Police were called Sunday after some in the 98-resident home said they hadn't seen staff during the winter storm
Two others were found to be in critical condition
Police went to the Pine Ridge Health & Rehabilitation Center at about 8 p.m. Sunday when they got a report that some residents had not seen staff at the facility during the winter storm that hit the area.
“Obviously, the weather and road conditions contributed to the inadequate staffing issues with this facility,” said Thomasville Police Captain Brad Saintsing.
“First and foremost, we want to ensure each and every resident of the facility is getting the quality of care they deserve. With these type of facilities, there is a protocol and we want to ensure it was followed as it relates to the weather and/or emergency situations,” he said.
Police said there was one registered nurse and two nursing assistants at the residential facility when police got there Sunday night. There were 98 residents, police said.
"Officers immediately contacted Thomasville Fire Department and Davidson County Emergency Medical Services for assistance. An abundance of first responders arrived on scene and began going door-to-door assessing each and every patient," according to the police department.
"Pine Ridge Health & Rehabilitation Center parent company is Principle LTC. According to their website, Principle currently operates 56 centers (7,200 beds) in North Carolina, Virginia and Kentucky, offering services ranging from short-term transitional care to Alzheimer’s and dementia care," the department said in a news release.
Spectrum News 1 has reached out to Principal LTC for comment about what happened at the company's Thomasville nursing home.