In a sign of mounting troubles for Chicago nursing facility, Alden Village North, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked state regulators to crack down on doctors, nurses and other licensed health care professionals who neglect patients at Alden Village North.

Writing to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Madigan asked for the status of all complaints against staffers at Alden Village North and other facilities in the Alden nursing home chain. She also asked the department to work closely with the Illinois Department of Public Health to identify and discipline employees who mistreat patients in nursing homes statewide.

Madigan's action came in response to Chicago Tribune investigative reports that detailed a 10-year pattern of death and chronic neglect at Alden Village North, at 7464 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL. On Thursday, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced it was taking steps to close the nursing home because of a track record of serious violations. Alden Village North said it will appeal and remain open.

Madigan's letter, sent Tuesday, highlights the case of Stephen Pruitt, a 14-year-old Alden Village North resident with profound mental disabilities. The Tribune reported how in July he was not immediately sent to a hospital when he began breathing rapidly. State inspectors found that Alden staff paged the boy's doctor six times over 19 hours before the physician responded.

In citing the facility, inspectors concluded that the home should have contacted its medical director instead of waiting for the doctor to respond. The boy died two months later. The Illinois Department of Professional Regulation said that it routinely coordinates with public health officials to investigate the conduct of licensed nursing home employees.

Madigan also sent a letter Tuesday to the Illinois Department of Public Health, requesting details about Alden Village North's violation history. She wrote that although Alden has promised to correct problems, "it is far from clear that these plans have worked."

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