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Protesters say negligence at Eureka Rehabilitation and Wellness Center killed family member

EUREKA- Protesters are demonstrating outside the Eureka Rehabilitation and Wellness Center during the daytime indefinitely, accusing the center of negligence that led to their family member’s death.

Eureka resident Pamela Walsh died Sunday at the age of 91.  Her family says she had a hip replacement on March 24that Mad River Hospital, then was transferred to the Eureka Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in good condition. They say during Walsh’s time there, doctors did not check on her enough, staff did not use necessary equipment and they placed Walsh on her back during her week-long stay, which is dangerous for post-hip replacement patients. Family members also say the center transferred Walsh to Saint Joseph Hospital too late, against protocol. Walsh died from complications from pneumonia, dehydration and systemic infection. Protesters say they’re warning local residents not to make the same mistake they did.

"I should have done my research.  I want other people to know, 'don't take your families there.'  That is my goal. If I can save one family from this kind of heartache, because I can't help my mom, she's gone, but maybe I can help someone else," said Janene Morris, who is Pamela Walsh’s daughter.

Eureka Rehabilitation and Wellness Center issued this statement:

“Quality patient care is of utmost importance. We strive to provide quality patient care to all our residents. Out of respect for family’s privacy and compliance to federal regulations regarding patient confidentiality, we are unable to respond to specific allegations.”