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3 nursing home patients mishandled

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Iowa inspectors say a nursing home in Perry mishandled the treatment of three patients that were moved there this summer after a state mental hospital closed.

One of the patients died, and another suffered a broken leg.

The Perry Health Care Center faces up to $13,500 in fines.

Relatives of those patients are unhappy with the nursing home and the state's decision to move their loved ones there.

State officials defend the decision to close the Clarinda hospital and a similar program at Mount Pleasant.

A spokesman for Gov. Terry Branstad says private agencies can provide care more efficiently than the state.

The manager of the nursing home company, Bruce Mehlhop, says he disagrees with the inspectors' findings and plans to appeal.

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