Bedside Advocate

February 11, 2011 – Media Mention
Gulf Coast Business Review (now the Business Observer)

For more than three decades, Jim Wilkes has been at the forefront of an effort against nursing home abuse and neglect. It’s a job he would rather not do, but he vows to do it for as long as he is able.

“There are no nursing home residents roaming the halls of Congress or state legislatures,” the managing partner of Wilkes & McHugh P.A., told the Business Observer newspaper. Nursing home operators have plenty of lobbyists, he said, and they enjoy the ability to operate as virtual fiefdoms in local markets without much government oversight.

“There’s no incentive to give good care,” Wilkes said. “It’s always been about how many people you can put in beds and how much money you can make. It’s never been about how you best meet the need.”

Read the complete profile on W&M's co-founder in the Business Observer here

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