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PROVIDENCE, RI -- The death last year of Germine Morsilli, the 87-year-old former resident of Hillside Nursing Home in Providence, helped shine a spotlight on some of the state’s poorly operated nursing homes. House Majority Leader Gordon Fox, said of Morsilli, "How does someone in this century die of bedsores?" Such a circumstance, he said, "won’t ever be repeated if we have anything to say about it with this package of legislation." One of the bills in the package, dubbed the Germaine Morsilli Act, is based on legislation of the same name proposed earlier this year by Lt. Gov. Charles Fogarty and is meant to tighten regulations on the quality of care of nursing home residents.

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May 27, 2005

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