Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Friday, December 14, 2001


Cantex Healthcare Centers to Pay More than $400,000 to the State

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced a settlement agreement totaling $428,142 between the state and Dallas-based Cantex Healthcare Centers. The compensation stems from two lawsuits the attorney general's office filed for health and safety violations at a nursing home.

In April 1997 and September 1998, investigators with the Texas Department of Human Services found numerous violations at the former Kenwood Nursing Home (now known as The Villa at Mountainview) in Dallas. Among the violations:

  • A failure by nursing home staff to follow doctor's orders relating to the diet of several residents;
  • Failure to assess, treat, and prevent avoidable sores on residents;
  • Failure to provide adequate supervision and assistance to prevent accidents;
  • Failure to provide proper treatment and care for those requiring parenteral and enteral fluids; and
  • Failure to provide the highest practical level of physical, mental, and psychosocial to each resident.

"I'm pleased to see that Cantex is now coming forth to take care of this matter," Attorney General Cornyn said. "The industry could do so much to improve the care of senior Texans if they spent more money on their facilities and less time in the courtroom trying to fight lawsuits."

Cantex Healthcare Centers has paid the settlement in full, and the funding has gone to the state's general revenue fund. Since 1999, the attorney general's office has successfully collected more than $3 million in civil penalties and settlements related to litigation against negligent elder care facility operators.

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