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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Community News Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News South Pasadena Police Chief Arthur Miller announced on Wednesday a significant development involving the death of a patient at the Mission Grove Wellness and Health Care Centre, formerly known as the South Pasadena Convalescent Hospital.On November 7, 2014, 57-year-old Courtney Cargill was a patient at the hospital. She had been admitted on three separate occasions. Each time Cargill was admitted, explained the police chief, it was clear to hospital staff that she suffered from mental illness. Miller said hospital was not staffed to treat patients with mental illness.At about 7 a.m., Cargill signed out of the hospital and walked to a local gas station and purchased a gallon of gasoline. Millers said she then walked to the rear of another gas station a few blocks away where she doused herself with gasoline and lit herself on fire.On Wednesday, Miller explained that Cargill died the next day from the injuries she received from the fire.In March, Miller testified at an Elder Death Review Panel at the Los Angeles County Coroner’s and discussed the death of Courtney Cargill.“It was at that meeting that I met with an attorney from the California Attorney General’s Office who agreed to take on the case for prosecution,” explained Miller. “At this point several meeting have been held between my office and staff of the Attorney General’s Office.”Miller says the case is pending at this time and “I confident that the partnership between The South Pasadena Police Department and the California Attorney General’s Office will yield a just and positive outcome for the prosecution of entities and persons responsible of the death of Courtney Cargill.”The convalescent hospital facility was recently sold after losing government certification while a pending investigation into the death of Courtney Cargill continues. The facility is one of several owned by Shlomo Rechnitz, who controls 1 in 14 skilled nursing beds across the state and 81 facilities. Several of Rechnitz’s locations have been at the center of controversy and investigation for mistreatment of patients.In 2006, Miller explained that the South Pasadena Convalescent Hospital changed ownership. “From that time forward the business model of the facility changed from a conventional/ traditional business model,” he said Wednesday. “Prior to the change of ownership in 2006, the hospital was a place where a family would want to have a parent, a grandparent or other family member that was in need of special convalescent care.”Since that time, Miller stressed that the South Pasadena Convalescent Hospital business model deteriorated by expanding services to narcotics registrants, probationers and parolees.“Crimes were not limited to those committed in the confines of the hospital. “patients” of the hospital were allowed to wander through the streets of South Pasadena. While doing so crime rates around the facility spiked,” he said. “Traditionally, police officers do not routinely respond to convalescent hospitals to handle assaults, theft, elder abuse, rape.”The police chief said police department and hospital staff met in 2012 to discuss a strategy to address community concerns.“Police calls for service at the facility did in fact decrease for a short time,” said Miller. “We later learned that the portable telephone that patients used to call the police was tampered with. A hospital staff member at of the hospital programed the 911 telephone system so that all calls were routed to the nurse station.”Miller said South Pasadena officers routinely conducted random patrols by walking through the hospital twice a day, making themselves available to patientsHe insists, however, “the crimes and violations that I described to you were eclipsed by what occurred on November 7, 2014.” Subscribe Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  For more, see South Pasadena Now Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img