The day after moving into Parkstone Living Center in North Little Rock, also known as Fox Ridge at North Little Rock, officials at the facility informed Franke's daughter that she had to move her father out because of his having HIV, according to the lawsuit. The 19-page lawsuit said Franke's daughter, Sara Franke Bowling, was told by the administrator of the facility that his "personal things could remain in the apartment for the time being, but that the 'body' needed to be out" of Fox Ridge almost immediately.
The administrator then told Bowling that her father would be turned "over to Adult Protective Services if he was not out of Fox Ridge by the end of the day," the suit said.
Schoettes said Bowling was told her father's "very presence there presented some undefined threat to the other residents."
"I was stunned that my dad was thrown out of his new home," Bowling said during the news conference.
Franke, who attended the news conference in a wheelchair but did stand at a podium to address reporters, said the facility was aware of his HIV status before he moved in and he was "shocked and dismayed" when told to move out.
"I couldn't believe it," Franke said. "I still don't believe it."
I don't believe it either. I am very, very upset at with the administration of this facility right now. this man was a Dean at my university, not that anyone should be treated like this. I just emailed their hiring director this:
I'm a nursing student in Little Rock, and I just heard about the horrible mistreatment of Mr. Franke by the North Little Rock Fox Ridge facility. I know that whoever is reading this email was probably not involved in the decision to force an HIV positive man to leave the facility, but please pass on to whoever is in charge that until I hear either that Mr. Franke's HIV status had nothing to do with being asked to leave, or I hear of a public apology and a complete reversal of this horrible discrimination, I will be going out of my way to make sure none of the nurses or students I work with will consider working at Fox Ridge. This kind of shameful behavior cannot be tolerated.
May 14, '09
I want to know how everyone found out. Can we say HIPAA violation?
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on May 15, '09