CENTERVILLE, Iowa — A nursing home in northern Iowa has been fined $15,000 after the death of two patients.

State inspectors say the Golden Age Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Centerville has repeatedly failed to provide the minimum level of nursing care for its residents.

This is the third time in seven months the home has faced the violation.

The $15,000 fine is connected to the November death of a 91-year-old woman. An 89-year-old woman died around the same time. The home was fined $8,000 in September after a 64-year-old woman died while in respiratory distress.

Owners Stanley and Patricia Birchem of Leon said they plan to appeal the fine. Patricia Birchem also said issues regarding the two latest deaths have been absolved. — AP

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