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Mary Regina's Nursing Home

Narrated by: Rich Germaine
Length: 10 hrs
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Mary Regina’s Nursing Home is a substantive 10-hour journalistic novel hybrid with content assembled over five years of research by a retired former journalist and certified internal auditor, William J. Beerman, Sr. The factual material collected during the research is wrapped in a human-interest story about William's Catholic German-American family during the post-World War II years in Pittsburgh, PA, and his mother's 13-year divorce war with his father, a steelworker. 

The book includes 2018 status reporting on state attorney general investigations and lawsuits encompassing 65 nursing homes and more than 1 million patient-days of nursing home care. The book is named after William’s mother, Mary Regina, who died after a short stay in a nursing home. After Mary Regina’s death, William filed suit over the mistreatment his mother had suffered, and he began looking into how the government oversees nursing homes. What he found out was alarming. 

This book presents in an accessible, memoir-like framework, a three-part narrative: (1) the human-interest background story of Mary Regina and William, (2) details of Mary Regina’s hospital and nursing home experiences, and (3) what William found out about government oversight of nursing homes. William’s well-documented complaints about his mother’s nursing home to the state department of health (DOH) were not handled satisfactorily. As a former auditor, he knew the methodology that the DOH used to investigate the complaints was doomed to fail. The year-to-year statistics on the DOH's performance bore this out. After researching his mother’s case, William realized that hundreds of thousands of others had filed complaints about nursing homes. He decided to broaden out his research from his mother’s case study.

This book gives a voice to thousands of families and patients who have experienced neglect and abuse while in a nursing home.

©2017 Wiiiam J. Beerman Sr LLC (P)2018 William J. Beerman Sr LLC

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