Death at San Jose nursing home leaves family in search of answers
Harold Schreifels died at the Homewood Care Center in San Jose after his blood sugar dipped dangerously low. The home has cut staffing even as it has received about a million dollars in additional funds.
I worked with print reporter Christina Jewett as she interviewed several families about deaths and nursing home spending. We decided together that the Schreifels story translated well to video and I accompanied her on reporting trips down to San Jose. This story, and the multimedia accompaniments, was one of California Watch’s Pulitzer entries. The video, database and print stories were picked up and run in several newspapers across California, including the San Francisco Chronicle and Orange County Register and on KQED online.