Troubled Sun Prairie facility where resident died outside closes

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SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (WMTV)-- A Sun Prairie assisted living facility where one of its residents died in December 2017, has closed.

According to the Department of Health Services (DHS), the owner of Faith Gardens, Rachel Baehr, surrendered her license and closed on January 14. It is part of a settlement with the state health department.

Alice McGaw, an 84-year-old resident at Faith Gardens, was found dead outside the facility on Dec. 29, 2017. A medical examiner's report determined hypothermia was a contributing factor in her death.

DHS cited Faith Gardens for four violations in January 2018 related to McGaw's death. The facility received its license in April 2015.

In August 2017, a hospice agency nurse performed an assessment on a Faith Gardens resident. During the assessment, the nurse found three Fentanyl patches on the resident's back at the same time. None of the patches had the caregiver's name or the date of the application written on them.

Faith Gardens was also cited in October 2017 for several violations including not inspecting the facility's smoke detectors on an annual basis and not ensuring combustible items were not placed within three feet of the facility’s furnace and hot water heater.

McGaw's family filed a lawsuit against Faith Gardens in April 2018. On Friday, their attorney, Matthew Boller, responded to the facility's closure in a statement: "The McGaw family continues to pursue answers about the why their Mother passed and look to hold accountable those responsible for this tragedy. The State of Wisconsin holds Community Based Residential Facilities (CBRF’s) to the basic requirements of the law. While the family played no part in the State’s action against Faith Gardens, they are hopeful no family will have to endure the loss the McGaw family has suffered. "