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Clark Kauffman

Clark Kauffman

Deputy Editor Clark Kauffman has worked during the past 30 years as both an investigative reporter and editorial writer at two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He has won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editorial writing.

Worker fired after care-facility death alleges racial discrimination

By: - May 2, 2023

An Iowa care facility worker who was fired after a resident froze to death is suing her former employer, claiming the company has discriminated against its Black employees. Sally Daniels, a former resident assistant at the Courtyard Estates at Hawthorne Crossing assisted living center in Bondurant, has filed suit against the facility’s owners, Abilit Holdings […]

Therapist surrenders license after sending out dozens of fraudulent bills

By: - May 2, 2023

A therapist convicted of fraudulent billing has agreed to voluntarily surrender his license to practice in Iowa. Court records indicate that In June of last year, the Washington Police Department was contacted about a therapist, JohnPaul Nganga of Iowa City, who was alleged to have submitted fraudulent bills for service through the Grace C. Mae […]

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Imprisoned after facing 126 counts of sexual abuse, Iowan loses appeal

By: - May 1, 2023

The Iowa Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court’s decision upholding a prison sentence imposed on an Iowa woman accused of 126 counts of sexual abuse. Allison Nicole Brown, a transgender woman previously known as Brian Kenneth Brown, was accused in 2014 of sexually abusing a youth over a period of eight years, starting […]

Alleged painkiller thefts and resident abuse results in a $500 fine

By: - May 1, 2023

An eastern Iowa care facility with a backlog of uninvestigated complaints has been fined $500 for alleged resident abuse and the theft of residents’ painkillers. The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals alleges that on 64 occasions in March, a licensed practical nurse working at Promedica Nursing & Rehabilitation-Utica Ridge in Davenport signed out oxycodone, […]

Residents found dead in care facilities with a backlog of uninvestigated complaints

By: - April 28, 2023

Last month, when state inspectors visited Promedica Skilled Nursing in West Des Moines, they had a backlog of 23 complaints to investigate at the facility – the oldest of which had been filed in September of last year. Nineteen of those complaints were substantiated and the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals cited the home, […]

U of I Hospitals denies sharing patient information with Facebook

By: - April 27, 2023

The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is denying that it shares any confidential patient information with Facebook. Last week, lawyers for an Iowa woman, Eileen Yeisley, filed suit against UIHC in federal court for the alleged “intentional, reckless, and/or negligent disclosure” of confidential medical information to the social-media giant Facebook. The lawsuit, which seeks […]

State agency withholds records, says it has ‘no specific duty’ to preserve requested documents

By: - April 27, 2023

Iowa Workforce Development says it has “no specific duty” to comply with citizens who seek access to public records and ask the agency to preserve the documents while their request is pending. The agency is also refusing to make public a written exchange with its director, Beth Townsend, about the preservation of text messages on […]

After two resident deaths, Iowa care facility is named among the nation’s worst

By: - April 26, 2023

After two resident deaths, a Mount Pleasant nursing home has been added to a federal list of the nation’s worst care facilities. Arbor Court of Mount Pleasant is one of two Iowa nursing homes that on Wednesday were named “Special-Focus Facilities” by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. They join several other Iowa care facilities […]

Iowa nursing home owner, accused of defrauding taxpayers, cited for 19 violations

By: - April 25, 2023

A southern Iowa nursing home that’s owned in part by a man accused of defrauding taxpayers has been cited for 19 regulatory violations. One of the alleged violations that state inspectors recently uncovered at Prestige Care Center in Fairfield involves a nurse who, according to state records, openly diluted a patient’s morphine with tap water […]

Iowa Supreme Court sides with diocese in defamation case

By: - April 25, 2023

The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled against the former principal of a Catholic school who sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines for fraud and defamation. Phyllis Konchar, who served as principal of St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Des Moines for 19 years, was fired in March 2018. She later sued the diocese, St. […]

Lawsuit claims University of Iowa Hospitals shared patient information with Facebook

By: - April 24, 2023

The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is facing a potential class action lawsuit over the alleged disclosure of confidential patient information to Facebook. Eileen Yeisley, on behalf of herself and others, is suing UIHC in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa for the alleged “intentional, reckless, and/or negligent disclosure” of confidential […]

Board backs legislation requiring ‘prompt’ responses to document requests

By: - April 21, 2023

The Iowa Public Information Board is hoping to secure passage of legislation that would require government agencies to promptly acknowledge public-records requests. Senate File 202, which has passed the Iowa House and is currently on the Iowa Senate’s unfinished business calendar, would call for governmental entities – cities, counties, school districts and state agencies – […]