Sun Mar Health Care Claims Ownership of Sold Facility – Courtyard Healthcare Center Dropped From Class Action

LONG BEACH, CALIF. (Jan. 21, 2008) — Documents signed under penalty of perjury in 2006 and 2007 by Sun Mar Health Care’s and Sun Mar Management’s chief financial officer, which they filed with the California Office of Statewide Planning & Development, inaccurately lists Courtyard Healthcare Center in Davis, Calif., as one of Sun Mar’s 18 California skilled nursing facilities.

The revelation came to light when Courtyard Healthcare Center was included in a class action lawsuit (Case #30-200800037875), filed Jan. 10, 2008 in Orange County Superior Court against Sun Mar Health Care, Inc., Sun Mar Management, and its 18 California skilled nursing homes [see list by city at end of release] on behalf of Warren Richardson, by and through his Attorney in Fact Marlene Miller, on Richardson’s behalf and on behalf of all California citizens who resided in, or are residing in, one of the company’s California facilities from Jan. 8, 2005 through Jan. 5, 2008.

“Apparently Sun Mar’s paperwork is in as good a shape as its facilities,” says Long Beach, Calif., plaintiff attorney Stephen M. Garcia. “Sun Mar filed papers in 2006 and in 2007 with the OSPD claiming it had a 37 percent interest in Courtyard Health Care. In reality, Sun Mar sold 100 percent of the facility in April 1999. Courtyard Healthcare Center will be dropped immediately from the suit.”

The papers were signed under penalty of perjury by Sun Mar’s chief financial officer and secretary of the corporation, William Presnell. The same form lists Frank Johnson, Blaine Hendrickson, Eli Marmur and Irv Bauman as owners with at least five percent of the for-profit company that is headquartered in Brea, Calif.

“Sun Mar facilities have a long history of citations for deficiencies,” says Garcia. “In fact, their Fontana, Calif., facility, Citrus Nursing Center earned itself a double-A citation — the worst — last February when a 91-year-old resident was improperly moved, dropped on her head and died nine days later from what the coroner described as blunt force trauma to the head. From paperwork to care, this company seems to have such extensive problems that I can only shudder at the type of care, or lack of it, that I imagine its residents are receiving.”

For information about the class action suit, contact Stephen M. Garcia at The Garcia Law Firm, (800) 281.8515 or www.lawgarcia.com.

California Sun Mar Facilities

ANAHEIM

Anaheim Healthcare Center

8/1/06 – 10/31/07: received 11 notices of deficiencies by the California Department of Health for providing substandard care and violating residents’ rights.

Sun-Mar Health Care, Inc. dba Sun Mar Nursing Center

8/1/06 – 10/31/07: received 10 notices of deficiencies by the California Department of Health for providing substandard care and violating residents’ rights.

EL MONTE

Gibraltar Convalescent Hospital, Inc. dba Sunset Manor Convalescent Hospital

8/1/06 – 10/31/07: received 18 notices of deficiencies by the California Department of Health for providing substandard care and violating residents’ rights.

FONTANA

Citrus Nursing Center

8/1/06 – 10/31/07: received 8 notices of deficiencies by the California Department of Health for providing substandard care and violating residents’ rights.

8/1/05 – 7/31/06: received 11 notices of deficiencies.

Sun-Mar Nursing Centers dba Laurel Convalescent Center

8/1/06 – 10/31/07: received multiple notices of deficiencies by the California Department of Health for providing substandard care and violating residents’ rights.

FULLERTON

Gordon Lane Care Center

8/1/06 – 10/31/07: received 19 notices of deficiencies by the California Department of Health for providing substandard care and violating residents’ rights.

GARDEN GROVE

Garden Park Care Center

8/1/06 – 10/31/07: received 10 notices of deficiencies by the California Department of Health for providing substandard care and violating residents’ rights.

LA HABRA

Park Regency Care, LLC dba Park Regency Care Center

8/1/06 – 10/31/07: received 29 notices of deficiencies by the California Department of Health for providing substandard care and violating residents’ rights.

LOS ANGELES (90019)

Inland Medical Enterprises, Inc. dba Alcott Rehabilitation Hospital

8/1/06 – 10/31/07: received 11 notices of deficiencies by the California Department of Health for providing substandard care and violating residents’ rights.

8/1/04 – 7/31/05: received 12 notices of deficiencies.

MONTEREY PARK

Heritage Manor Healthcare dba Heritage Manor

8/1/06 – 10/31/07: received 13 notices of deficiencies by the California Department of Health for providing substandard care and violating residents’ rights.

Monterey Park Convalescent Hospital

8/1/06 – 10/31/07: received multiple notices of deficiencies by the California Department of Health for providing substandard care and violating residents’ rights.

PARAMOUNT

Paramount Convalescent Group, Inc. dba Paramount Convalescent Hospital

8/1/06 – 10/31/07: received multiple notices of deficiencies by the California Department of Health for providing substandard care and violating residents’ rights.

RIVERSIDE

F & B Health Care dba Extended Care Hospital of Riverside

8/1/05 – 7/31/06: received 19 notices of deficiencies by the California Department of Health for providing substandard care and violating residents’ rights.

ROSEMEAD

Gibraltar Convalescent Hospital, Inc. dba Del Mar Convalescent Hospital

8/1/04 – 7/31/05: received multiple notices of deficiencies by the California Department of Health for providing substandard care and violating residents’ rights.

SANTA ANA

Bartlett Care Center LLC dba French Park Care Center

8/1/06 – 10/31/07: received 21 notices of deficiencies by the California Department of Health for providing substandard care and violating residents’ rights.

8/1/05 – 7/31/06: received 34 notices of deficiencies.

8/1/04 – 7/31/05: received 20 notices of deficiencies.

SAN DIEGO

Villa Rancho Bernardo Health Care, LLC dba Villa Rancho Bernardo Care Center

8/1/06 – 10/31/07: received 14 notices of deficiencies by the California Department of Health for providing substandard care and violating residents’ rights.

8/1/05 – 7/31/06: received 18 notices of deficiencies.

8/1/04 – 7/31/05: received 16 notices of deficiencies.

SANTA MONICA

P.C. Care, LLC dba Pacific Convalescent Center

8/1/06 – 10/31/07: received 11 notices of deficiencies by the California Department of Health for providing substandard care and violating residents’ rights.

TUJUNGA

Wyngate Nursing Center dba North Valley Nursing Center

8/1/05 – 7/31/06: received 16 notices of deficiencies by the California Department of Health for providing substandard care and violating residents’ rights.