Three top administrators of a county-run nursing
home were fired or forced to resign minutes before a county board
committee was set to convene to discuss staff response to a
patient's sexual behavior.
The three administrators were told to leave after the state
fined the home $20,000 for not taking appropriate action after a
male patient made sexual advances to at least 10 elderly women
patients, some with dementia. The federal government is also
considering a $20,000 fine
The nursing home committee was told all three women were no
longer working for the county as of 15 minutes before the committee
met. Fired or forced to resign were the administrator, the head of nursing, and the head of social services.
No reason was given for the abrupt change except it was in "the
best interests" of the home, a committee member said. One woman would not accept the request to resign and had to
be fired, though he would not say which one.
The state Department of Public Health released an 81-page
report that said an elderly patient who has since left the facility
accosted the women from January to May. For more, read the story.
Robert W. Carter,
Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to
protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted
living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg,
Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.
Posted on Wed, September 16, 2009
by Robert Carter filed under