Archive for May, 2008

Nursing home abuse headlines from May, 2008.

May 2008

Man Charged in Connection with Mother’s Death

Scranton, PA – A man who police said kidnapped his mother from a nursing home is now charged with being responsible for her death. The drama started last month when investigators said Robert Netchel forcibly took his mother from a nursing home in Schuylkill County and almost ran over three nurses who tried to stop […]

Friday the 16th

Report: State Nursing Home Inspections Deficient

Glens Falls, NY – State nursing home inspectors fail to cite serious deficiencies such as malnutrition, bedsores and abuse in their annual inspections of facilities such as Eden Park Health Care Centers and other nursing homes across the country, according to a report issued this week by the Government Accountability Office. The issuance of the […]

Friday the 16th

GAO: State surveyors miss nursing home deficiencies

New York, NY – State inspectors often fail to cite serious deficiencies, including malnutrition, bedsores and abuse, in their annual inspections of facilities, a Government Accountability Office report found. They had missed at least one serious deficiency in 15% of the inspections checked by federal officials during fiscal years 2002 through 2007, according to the […]

Friday the 16th

Serious Deficiencies in Nursing Homes Are Often Missed, Report Says

Washington, DC – Nursing home inspectors routinely overlook or minimize problems that pose a serious, immediate threat to patients, Congressional investigators say in a new report. In the report, to be issued on Thursday, the investigators, from the Government Accountability Office, say they have found widespread “understatement of deficiencies,” including malnutrition, severe bedsores, overuse of […]

Thursday the 15th

Woman sentenced in narcotics case

East Brattleboro, VT – A licensed registered nurse from East Brattleboro pleaded guilty to possession of a narcotic recently after testing positive for oxycodone. Sarah Benson, 34, was sentenced in Windham District Court to six to 12 months, all suspended, except 15 days to serve on the work crew. Benson admitted to having taken Percocet […]

Thursday the 15th

Federal Report Finds Lapses in State Nursing Home Inspections

Oakland, CA – State nursing home inspectors miss or minimize deficiencies—such as malnutrition, severe bedsores, overuse of medications and abuse—that pose a serious, immediate threat to patients, according to a report scheduled for release on Thursday by the Government Accountability Office, the New York Times reports. State inspectors visit most nursing homes once annually under […]

Thursday the 15th

Attorney General calls for new federal role in nursing home industry

Stamford, CT – Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, in formal testimony before Congress in Washington, D.C., today, called for major federal and state initiatives to protect patients from fraud and financial collapse at nursing homes controlled by large-scale conglomerates nationwide. Appearing before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, […]

Thursday the 15th

Hidden Cameras Prove Nursing Home Neglect

Syracuse, NY – A nursing home company has been sentenced to pay $15,000 in fines, has been barred from the business and ordered to accept responsibility for patient neglect that occurred at its Cortland facility. Highgate LTC Management, LLC was sentenced Thursday in Cortland County Court before Judge Julie Campbell following a criminal conviction for […]

Thursday the 15th

Lakewood Nursing Home Closing Because Of Violations; New Report Shows Nursing Home Deficiencies Understated Nationwide

Denver, CO – State nursing home inspectors are routinely missing or understating serious deficiencies ranging from malnutrition to severe bedsores to abuse, according to a recent report from the Government Accounting Office. In Colorado, however, one nursing home is set to be closed because of a string of health code and safety violations. Grand Oaks […]

Thursday the 15th