Wi department of health services: Former workers will pay $156000 as assisted living facility’s defamation lawsuit ends

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Home > News Publish Date December 3, 2018 Former workers will pay $156,000 as assisted living facility’s defamation lawsuit ends Lois A. Bowers Follow @lois_bowers Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on GooglePlus Share on Reddit Print Share by Email Four former employees of a Wisconsin assisted living facility will pay a total of $156,000 to settle a defamation lawsuit brought by their former employer, who maintained that they lied to the media and on social media about the facility in an effort to harm its reputation. The owner of Prairie Ridge Assisted Living, Beaver Dam, WI, filed the lawsuit after a March 2017 incident in which caregiver Nikki Terlisner called residents’ family members, saying she was alone and needed their help getting residents into bed, Madison.com reported. One of the family members called 911, reportedly at Terlisner’s suggestion. Terlisner repeated the claims to a television station and newspaper and on a Facebook post and said that she had been fired, according to the media report. As part of the settlement, she was ordered to pay $100,000. She also recanted her assertion that the facility was understaffed, saying that another worker had been present on that March night. Prairie Ridge is licensed for 34 assisted living and memory care beds, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The other former employees involved in the settlement reportedly made false statements about the financial condition of the business or their departure from the company. Claims against two additional former employees were dropped, according to the website. Mike Eisenga of Advantage Management Beaver Dam LLC, which owns the facility, told Madison.com that he was pleased with the outcome of the case and that he hoped those involved could “learn something from it” and “move on with their lives.” “I harbor no malice towards any of them,” he said. Lois A. Bowers Follow @lois_bowers Email Lois has spent almost her entire career covering healthcare, the business of healthcare and related topics via journalism or public relations. She holds a master's degree in journalism and mass communication from Kent State University and is the recipient of the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award as well as other honors. Recommended For You Tweets by @_McKnightsSL MOST POPULAR Popular Emailed Recent Loading… Loading… Loading… Want to read more? Please login or register first to view this content. Login Register Open Next post in News Close Brookdale should split into REIT, operating company, activist shareholder says: report Back to Top McKnight’s Senior Living  is the pre-eminent national media brand for owners, operators and senior living professionals working in independent living, assisted living, memory care and continuing care retirement / life plan communities. Coverage News Blogs Events Resources Resources Column Submission Guidelines Print Issue Editorial Calendar Jobs McKnight’s LTC News User Center Subscriber Services About Us Contact Us Advertise Comment Policy Ad Choices Copyright © 2018 Haymarket Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in any form without prior authorization. Your use of this website constitutes acceptance of Haymarket Media’s  Privacy Policy  and  Terms & Conditions .

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