NY Nursing Home Indicted on Negligence Charges
According to Reuters, the 72-year-old woman died in October 2012. Reports indicate that the victim’s distress alarms were disregarded for over two ours.
About the Nursing Home Death
The victim’s ventilator was not connected by the respiratory therapist, who is now charged with criminally negligent homicide as a result.
When the victim stopped breathing, the therapist ignored the alarms on her pager and even walked past the resident’s room without acknowledging the alarms.
Additionally, six nurses and aides have been indicted on criminal charges for also ignoring the alarms.
The nursing home center’s facility administrator and director of respiratory therapy have been accused of concealing the computer records that documented the alarms from state health investigators.
The company running the Medford Multicare Center for living was indicted for the negligence as well as concealment in court on Thursday.
All nine individuals pleaded not guilty at the arraignment in Suffolk County Supreme Court.
Nursing Home Accused of Concealing Abuse
Earlier this year, the Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, filed a civil lawsuit charging the owners with looting and fraud.
The lawsuit states that since 2008 there have been 17 employees convicted of neglect and falsification of records in an attempt to conceal the abuse.
Additionally, the lawsuit accuses Medford’s owners of paying themselves $60 million, nearly a quarter of their received Medicaid funding. Schneiderman states that the “indictment sends a clear message: We will arrest those who put our most vulnerable citizens in harm’s way, and in particular those who neglect or deny life-saving medical treatment to patients.”
The Attorney General wants the public to see that these charges have not been taken lightly because “we must and will do everything in our power to protect our nursing home residents from abuse.”