Berks District Attorney investigates death of Berks Heim patient

An investigation into the death of an elderly woman who was a patient at Berks Heim will be handled by the office of Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams.

The death and subsequent investigation was announced by Carl E. Geffken, chief operating officer, on behalf of the Berks County Board of Commissioners.

The patient was taken to the St. Joseph Medical Center on Friday from the Heim. She died Saturday at the hospital.

Geffken said the county is fully cooperating with the district attorney’s office in order to better understand the circumstances preceding the woman’s death.

Adams has requested that the office of Berks County Coroner Dennis J. Hess perform an autopsy.

Commissioner Chair Christian Y. Leinbach said he and his fellow commissioners extend their prayers and condolences to the patient’s family.

Provided by the District Attorney’s Office.