Skyline Healthcare, a national nursing home chain, is the subject of a new investigation conducted by NBC News. At one point, Skyline operated nursing homes across the country, more than 100 facilities in 11 states, including Tennessee. However, in the last few years, several have shut down entirely amid allegations of abuse and patient neglect.
Joseph Schwartz of Brooklyn, New York, started Skyline after selling an insurance business. He continued to purchase nursing home facilities and expand into new states. Over the years, many of his properties faced accusations of neglect, uncleanliness, under staffing, and failing to properly monitor residents. Skyline properties have faced issues across the country, from Massachusetts to Arkansas to South Dakota.
One Skyline property forced to close was in Memphis, Tennessee – Ashton Place. Skyline took over the facility in September 2017, and by November 2017, a resident with an amputated leg was taken to a local emergency room. Upon admission, nurses noted he had been lying in feces and found maggots and gangrene in his leg. The resident passed away two days later, prompting a police investigation. Staff admitted that Skyline ownership directed them to move from electronic record keeping to paper record keeping. Poor record keeping was a red flag to investigators.