Aide claims whistleblower retaliation by West Des Moines nursing home

Harmony West Des Moines, a 120-bed nursing home in central Iowa, was formerly known as Promedica Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

A dietary aide is suing an Iowa nursing home she says fired her for reporting abuse and neglect to state officials who later verified her complaints.

Shyohnte Shetworth-Ware is suing West Des Moines’ Promedica Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where she worked as a dietary aide from March to July 2022.

Since early 2023 the facility at 5010 Grand Ridge Drive has operated under the name Harmony West Des Moines. Before 2021, it was known as ManorCare Health Services of West Des Moines.

The lawsuit alleges that soon after Shetworth-Ware began her employment with Promedica, she became concerned about “the abusive and undignified way Promedica’s staff members, including management, treated residents.”


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