Family Files Lawsuit Against The Laurels of Walden Park for the Wrongful Death of Their Mother

Michael Hill Trial Law files lawsuit with Laurels of walden park

Family Files Lawsuit Against The Laurels of Walden Park for the Wrongful Death of Their Mother

It wasn’t until she arrived at the hospital that Michelle Whigham learned that her mother Henrietta Wilson was critically ill. According to the lawsuit filed in Franklin County, Ohio Estate of Henrietta Veronica Wilson vs. Laurel Health Care Company, et. al., “[o]ver a period of days in late-January 2023, Henrietta showed signs of an infection that either went unrecognized or were ignored by the Facility’s staff.” Then, “[o]n January 30, 2023, Henrietta was found unresponsive with agonal respirations because she was starved of oxygen and gasping for air.”

“At St. Anne Hospital, Henrietta was diagnosed with metabolic acidosis, pneumonia, urinary tract infection, a systemic infection, sepsis (the body’s dysregulated response to an infection), and multiple organ failure,” according to the lawsuit. No one from The Laurels of Walden Park contacted Henrietta’s family to let them know their mother was sent to the hospital until the following day, January 31st. 

The lawsuit states that “[o]n January 31, 2023, when family arrived at the hospital, hospital staff informed the family that Henrietta likely had less than 12 hours to live as the infection had already progressed and spread to her lungs and bloodstream.” 

Henrietta died on January 31, 2023, the day after she was transferred to St. Anne’s from The Laurels of Walden Park. The death certificate reports that her death was caused by septic shock. Septic shock occurs when an infection progresses to the point that the body begins to attack itself. 

“This is the same pattern of neglect we see over and over again at nursing homes not only across Ohio but across the country. The signs of infection are there for anyone to see. But because the staff are overworked, undertrained, and the nursing home has a culture of dismissing patients’ symptoms, these infections aren’t treated and people die as a result,”  says lead attorney Michael Hill.  

Misleading Advertising at The Laurels of Walden Park? 

The Laurels of Walden Park is a large 225-bed nursing home in Columbus, Ohio. According to its website, “Laurels of Walden Park offers a full spectrum of post-hospital services, from a short-term rehabilitation stay to long-term nursing care.” The website advertises that “[W]e believe that from the moment you walk into the facility, we have a responsibility to offer you the best. Be it services or experts, we endeavor to make you smile with satisfaction.” 

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These statements are misleading, however, according to the lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, “The Laurels Defendants engaged in a systemic practice to understaff the facilities to maximize profits at the expense of its residents’ care. The Laurels Defendants’ systemic understaffing of the Facility resulted in a ‘1-star’ (“much below average”) ranking for Staffing on the Nursing Home Compare website and a 1-star overall ranking.” 

(The Center for Medicare and  Medicaid found that The Laurels of Walden Park aka The Laurels of Walden Park, LLC earned a 1-star, or “much below average” rating for both Staffing and Health Inspections. This data was taken directly from on January 18, 2024.)

In addition to negligence and wrongful death, the lawsuit includes claims for violations of nursing home resident rights, fraud, and civil conspiracy. 

Who Owns The Laurels Nursing Homes? 

The Laurel Health Care Company is a for-profit corporation headquartered in Westerville, Ohio. It is part of the Cienna Healthcare brand, Cienna Healthcare is a corporation located outside of Detroit, Michigan that manages and owns 83 nursing homes in 5 states: Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, and Indiana. A list of these facilities are at the end of this article. 

Have The Laurels Been Sued Before in Ohio? 

In June 2022, Michael Hill of Michael Hill Trial Law obtained a record verdict against The Laurels of Mt. Vernon and its parent company, Laurel Health Care Company. That case also involved the nursing home’s failure to identify signs of an infection resulting in delayed treatment and death from sepsis. The jury awarded $5 million for Jack Huls’ death. That is the largest verdict in the history of Knox County, Ohio. It is also the largest verdict against any of The Laurels facilities. 

Complete List of Laurels Health Care / Cienna Healthcare Facilities

Autumnwood of McBain220 Hughston StreetMcBain, MI 49657Boulevard Temple Care Center2567 West Grand BoulevardDetroit, MI 48208Brittany Manor3615 East Ashman StreetMidland, MI 48642Christian Park Healthcare Center2415 Fifth Avenue SouthEscanaba, MI 49829
Christian Park Village2525 Seventh Avenue SouthEscanaba, MI 49829Courtney Manor1167 East Hopson StreetBad Axe, MI 48413Fenton Healthcare Center512 Beach StreetFenton, MI 48430Fountain View of Monroe1971 North Monroe StreetMonroe, MI 48162
Hartford Nursing and Rehab Center6700 Outer Dr. WDetroit, MI 48235Hickory Ridge of Temperance951 Hickory Creek DriveTemperance, MI 48182Kith HavenG-1069 Ballenger HighwayFlint, MI 48504Lakeview Manor Healthcare Center408 North Fifth AvenueTawas City, MI 48763
Laurels of Bedford270 N Bedford RoadBattle Creek, MI 49037Laurels of Carson City620 N 2nd StreetCarson City, MI 48811Laurels of Coldwater90 N Michigan AvenueColdwater, MI 49036Laurels of FultonRFD #1 4735 Ranger RoadPerrinton, MI 48871
Laurels of Galesburg1080 N 35th StreetGalesburg, MI 49053Laurels of Hudsonville3650 Van Buren StreetHudsonville, MI 49426Laurels of Kent350 N Center StreetLowell, MI 49331Laurels of Mt. Pleasant400 S Crapo StreetMt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Laurels of Sandy Creek425 E Elm StreetWayland, MI 49348Maplewood of Sandy Creek425 E Elm StreetWayland, MI 49348Notting Hill of West Bloomfield6535 Drake RoadWest Bloomfield, MI 48322Omni Continuing Care5201 Conner AvenueDetroit, MI 48213
Ovid Healthcare Center9480 E. M-21Ovid, MI 48866Qualicare Nursing Home695 East Grand BoulevardDetroit, MI 48207Regency at Bluffs Park355 Huron View BlvdAnn Arbor, MI 48103Regency at Canton45900 Geddes RoadCanton, MI 48188
Regency at Chene2295 E VernorDetroit, MI 48207Regency at Fremont4554 W 48th StreetFremont, MI 49412Regency at Grand Blanc1330 Grand Pointe CourtGrand Blanc, MI 48439Regency at Lansing West12200 Broadbent RoadLansing, MI 48917
Regency at Livonia14900 Middlebelt RoadLivonia, MI 48154Regency at Shelby Township7401 22 Mile RoadShelby Township, MI 48317Regency at Troy2685 West Maple RoadTroy, MI 48084Regency at Waterford1901 N. Telegraph RoadWaterford, MI 48328
Regency at Westland2209 N Newburgh RdWestland, MI 48185Regency at Whitmore Lake8633 Main StreetWhitmore Lake, MI 48189Regency Heights Nursing and Rehab Center19100 W. Seven Mile RoadDetroit, MI 48219Regency On The Lake5669 Lakeshore DriveFt. Gratiot, MI 48059
Royalton Manor288 Peace Blvd.St. Joseph, MI 49085Sheffield Manor Nursing and Rehab15311 Schaefer AvenueDetroit, MI 48227St. Anthony Healthcare Center31830 Ryan RoadWarren, MI 48092The Manor of Farmington Hills21017 Middlebelt RoadFarmington Hills, MI 48336
The Manor of Novi24500 Meadowbrook RoadNovi, MI 48375Willowbrook Manor4436 Beecher RoadFlint, MI 48532Laurel Healthcare8181 Worthington RoadWesterville, OH 43082Laurels of Athens70 Columbus CircleAthens, OH 45701
Laurels of Blanchester839 Cherry StreetBlanchester, OH 45107Laurels of Chagrin Falls150 Cleveland StChagrin Falls, OH 44022Laurels of Defiance1701 S Jefferson AvenueDefiance, OH 43512Laurels of Gahanna5151 North Hamilton RdColumbus, OH 43230
Laurels of Hamilton2923 Hamilton Mason RdHamilton, OH 45011Laurels of Heath717 South 30th StreetHeath, OH 43056Laurels of Hillsboro175 Chillicothe AvenueHillsboro, OH 45133Laurels of Huber Heights5440 Charlesgate RoadHuber Heights, OH 45424
Laurels of Kettering694 Isaac Prugh WayKettering, OH 45429Laurels of Massillon2000 Sherman Circle NEMassillon, OH 44646Laurels of Middletown751 Kensington StMiddletown, OH 45044Laurels of Milford934 State Route 28Milford, OH 45150
Laurels of Mt. Vernon13 Avalon RoadMt. Vernon, OH 43050Laurels of New London204 W Main StreetNew London, OH 44851Laurels of Norworth6830 N High StreetWorthington, OH 43085Laurels of Steubenville500 Stanton BoulevardSteubenville, OH 43952
Laurels of Walden Park5700 Karl RoadColumbus, OH 43229Laurels of West Carrollton115 Elmwood CircleWest Carrollton, OH 45449Laurels of West Columbus441 Norton RdColumbus, OH 43228Laurels of Worthington1030 High StreetWorthington, OH 43085
Laurels of Bon Air9101 Bon Air Crossings DriveRichmond, VA 23235Laurels of Charlottesville490 Hillsdale DriveCharlottesville, VA 22901Laurels of University Park2420 Pemberton RoadRichmond, VA 23233Laurels of Willow Creek11611 Robious RoadMidlothian, VA 23113
Laurels of Chatham72 Chatham Business Park DrivePittsboro, NC 27312Laurels of Forest Glenn1101 Hartwell StreetGarner, NC 27529Laurels of GreenTree Ridge70 Sweeten Creek RoadAsheville, NC 28803Laurels of Hendersonville290 Clear Creek RoadHendersonville, NC 28792
Laurels of Pender311 S Campbell StBurgaw, NC 28425Laurels of Salisbury215 Lash DriveSalisbury, NC 28147Laurels of Summit Ridge100 Riceville RoadAsheville, NC 28805Laurels of DeKalb520 W Liberty StreetButler, IN 46721

Questions About A Potential Lawsuit Involving The Laurels or Another Facility? 

Michael Hill is a nationally recognized attorney who handles exclusively cases against long term care facilities. Michael and his firm, Michael Hill Trial Law, handle cases across the country. If you have any questions about cases involving The Laurels or any other nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or group homes, you can contact Michael Hill Trial Law at, by sending an email to, or by calling (800) 659-2712.