SAN ANTONIO – A former nurse at an East Side nursing home chosen to house elderly COVID-19 patients said she was fired after alerting authorities to cooling problems inside the facility, according to a lawsuit filed in Bexar County district court.
The suit, filed July 24, accuses management of River City Care Center of negligence and retaliation.
The staff member on the Fourth of July weekend told her supervisors and then called 911 and state health officials and stated the lack of a working air conditioner inside the facility, located in the 900 block of Nolan Street, caused residents to become dehydrated and to vomit, according to the suit.
“Many residents were stripped to their underwear and were laying on plastic due to the extreme heat,” the suit claims.
The nurse’s attorney, Andrew Skemp, said there is mounting evidence that residents at River City were not cared for properly.
“We wouldn’t treat a dog the way they were treating these people. If you found out that somebody had a bunch of animals in those kinds of conditions, there would be outrage, and people wouldn’t stand for it,” said Skemp.
A spokesperson for River City’s parent company, Fort Worth-based Creative Solutions in Healthcare, said a majority of the patients have received exceptional care and considerable upgrades have been made to the facility.