Owners of a Medford, New York nursing home cut costs to fill their own pockets, which left to the abuse and neglect of one patient at the Medford Multicare Center for Living. The nursing home has been cited for the death of a 72-year-old female resident.
The owners looted close to $60 million for personal use in the past decade alone, according to a civil suit by Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman
The AG’s office arrested seven employees for allegedly allowing or covering up the woman’s death, and tow more for patient neglect.
“Nursing home residents are among our state’s most vulnerable citizens,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “Today’s arrests and lawsuit send a message that we will not tolerate anyone being neglected or denied life-saving medical treatment.”
According to officials, the nursing home cannot be closed and the state Department of Health has to find a place for the patients to live or appoint a receiver to manage the home.
The defendants’ neglect led to serious injury and made “impossible the delivery of required services that Medicaid paid for,” stated the suit, which also named the nursing home and its management company as defendants.
Neglect cost resident Aurelia Rios, 72, her life in October 2012, Schneiderman said. She died because she was not attached to a ventilator machine as ordered by her doctor, Schneiderman’s suit said. The nine charged entered pleas of not guilty Tuesday in First District Court in Central Islip. All but two were released on their own recognizance.
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