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Two area nursing homes that were cited by the Illinois Department of Public Health for alleged acts of neglect are appealing the findings.

The state reported, last week, that Sterling Pavilion and Coventry Village were both cited for Type A violations of the Nursing Home Care Act after instances of alleged neglect in recent months.

On Friday Rhonda Reed, a spokeswoman for Sterling Pavilion, requested an administrative hearing to dispute findings. “We are at a stage where nothing more can be stated to the public.”

Sterling Pavilion, 105 E. 23rd St., received a $40,000 fine from the department following a Sept. 15, 2005 incident in which a resident with a history of falling died from a severe head injury she incurred from a fall that day.

Coventry Village, 612 W. St. Mary’s Road, in Sterling, was fined for $25,000 for allegedly failing to reasonably monitor, recognize a resident’s declining condition last May, or to take appropriate action.

Likewise, Coventry Village is seeking an appeal of the findings. Keith Hufsey, assistant director of operations for Coventry Village, downplayed the significance of the citation.

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