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Edwardsville care center sues patient over unpaid bills


By John Breslin | Aug 2, 2019

EDWARDSVILLE - A residential care center has filed suit against a couple it claims owes more than $50,000 for services.

University Care Center in Edwardsville filed suit in Madison County Circuit Court against Terry and Karen Rumpf for non-payment. The suit was filed July 11, four days before Terry Rumpf passed away at the center.

When the Record contacted the care center, an unnamed employee said she could not comment on the suit, or whether it will be changed following Terry Rumpf's death.

Karen Rumpf has power of attorney over her husband. 

According to the complaint, the center claims it entered a contract for residential care services in May 2018 and that Terry Rumpf received all services during his stay.

"Plaintiff has been damaged in the amount of $52,679," the suit states. 

It continues, "Defendant's failure to pay the outstanding balance is unfair and unjust and if the payment is not forthcoming will allow Terry Rumpf to acquire free services."

The plaintiff alleges that during the course of Terry Rumpf's stay, various payments became due from the Rumpfs and have not been paid. 

The care center claims it has "performed all conditions precedent to payment of the charges and fees assessed to defendant Terry Rumpf at the center."

According to the complaint, the care center alleges that during the course of his stay, the decedent had "received any and all services for which he has been billed and all services were reasonably necessary."

"As a direct and proximate result of the defendant's breach of contract, plaintiff has been damaged in the amount of $52,679 to date, with losses continuing to increase," the suit states.

The plaintiff is asking the court to order the defendants to pay the outstanding amount. It is represented by John Wendler of the Law Offices of John D. Wendler in Edwardsville. 

According to a published obituary, Terry L. Rumpf, 66, of Granite City, and formerly of Venice, passed away at 5:38 a.m., on July 15 at University Care Center.

He worked for Bi State Development in St. Louis for 32 years as a mechanic and blacksmith, retiring in 2011.

He loved classic cars, going fishing and bowling. Most of all he loved spending time with his family, the obituary continues.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 19-L-969

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