A Beaver County woman who filed a lawsuit against the PA Department of Health (DOH) has abandoned her litigation that alleged the agency failed to adequately protect nursing home patients.
Ambridge resident Jodi Gill’s voluntary dismissal of her lawsuit against the DOH and Health Secretary Rachel Levine comes just four days after the agency filed a response to the litigation, which refuted the allegations made in her case and raised questions about the financial motivations of experts she was asking the court to rely upon.
Gill filed the lawsuit in April, alleging that her father, 81-year-old Glenn Oscar Gill, was placed in danger in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic due to inaction by the DOH. She unsucessfully sought class-action status to have the DOH provide additional protections for patients in nursing homes statewide.
Gill alleged DOH’s inspections of nursing homes in Pennsylvania, including Brighton Rehabhabilitation and Wellness Center where her father resides, came “nearly to a halt,” putting residents of the facilities at high risk for contracting COVID-19.