Steven Milo Ward Jr., born on July 19, 1976 went to be with the Lord on April 13, 2020. Steven was raised in Batesville, Indiana and lived at Muscatatuck State Development Center for many years. He most recently resided at Arbor Grove Nursing Home in Greensburg, Indiana before his death.If you ever were lucky enough to meet Steven, you had a friend for life. He always had a smile on his face and a hug to offer anyone. Steven found joy in anything he did, and he loved to make people laugh and smile. He participated in several Special Olympics, even winning 1st place a few years in a row! Steven loved country music, watching western movies, motorcycles, playing Bingo and spending time with his family. He overcame great adversities in his life, and always kept a positive and happy attitude. To those he leaves behind, may they will always remember his fighting spirit, his jokes and laughter and his wonderful ability to find the best in any situation.He is survived by his mothers, Vickie Ward and Cindy Garcia; three sisters, Micki Ward, Brandi (Ward) Stewart and Kristy (Ward) Hirt; ten nieces and nephews, two great nieces and one great nephew. Steven was proceeded in death by his father, Steven Milo Ward Sr., his sister Michelle Ward, his brother Michael Ward and also several grandparents.Private graveside services will be held at St. John United Church of Christ Cemetery (Huntersville). Meyers Funeral Home is assisting the family.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Arbor Grove Activity Fund, 1021 East Central Ave., Greensburg, In 47240.We also encourage you to leave a message at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com on Steven’s obituary page for the family in the online guestbook or send a card to the family using the link on his page.
Andrews Memorial Hospital, the private hospital in Kingston which is at the center of Jodian Fearon’s death, is not among the 2020 list of registered private healthcare facilities in Jamaica, according to The Gleaner. “Registration is only valid for two years and general signals that an institution has met the minimum standards in areas such as physical environment, operation procedures, equipment, patient management and staffing”, said the Gleaner. Tufton has put the blame on years of inaction across political administrations in failing to revise outdated legislation and has shouldered some personal responsibility for not operationalising a new framework. The development comes following a probe into the operations of the hospital and the circumstances which led to the death of 23-year-old Jodian Fearon. The massive oversight signals that neither the private institutions nor the ministry of health has sought to ensure that all the relevant health acts, guidelines and laws were being adhered to. Investigations show that only four private hospitals are currently certified to operate under the 86-year-old Nursing Homes Registration Act (NHRA). The list excludes Andrews Memorial Hospital. Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton disclosed that he was “unaware” that Andrews Memorial Hospital was among the uncertified facilities. Fearon was admitted to the hospital while in labor but medics at the facility opted to transfer her, fearing that she was displaying symptoms of COVID-19. Two other hospitals- the University Hospital of the West Indies and the Victoria Jubilee Hospital denied accepting Fearon and she was later transferred to the Spanish Town Hospital. After giving birth, she allegedly died of heart failure. Under the NRHA, operating an unregistered facility is an offence that carries fines of up to $500,000 and prison time not exceeding three months. “I’ve asked the Standards and Regulation Division (of the health ministry) to use the Public Health Act to conduct appropriate levels of inspection where necessary. There are a number of privately operated institutions that have not even registered or applied for registration under the NRHA,” Tufton said. According to the report, Jamaican private hospitals are governed under the Nursing Homes Registration Act (NHRA) of 1934, which is separate from the National Health Services Act, which regulates public hospitals.