California’s Largest Nursing Home Owner Under Fire From Government Regulators

At 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 7, an unseasonably warm Friday in Los Angeles, Courtney Cargill signed herself out of a suburban nursing home and took off on foot.

The facility, on the western edge of South Pasadena’s business district, is just steps way from the L.A. Metro Gold Line and an eclectic stretch of brick storefronts with hunter-green awnings and colorful outdoor cafe tables.

Cargill scribbled her initials on the sign-out sheet at South Pasadena Convalescent Hospital and declared her destination: “Library etc.”

Instead, Cargill – a 57-year-old resident known by nursing home staff to be suicidal and delusional – walked unsupervised to a nearby service station and bought a plastic jug and gallon of gas, state documents show. A tall, muscular woman with short brown hair, she walked a quarter-mile to a second service station where, at 8:05 a.m., a surveillance camera recorded her heading to the back, stripping off her clothes, dousing her body with gasoline and lighting herself on fire.

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