Nurse Arrested A Second Time For Patient Neglect And Cover-up At Nursing Home
Attorney General Spitzer today announced that a licensed practical nurse, already under arrest for withholding medication and treatment from patients, has been charged with failing to provide treatment to an elderly female patient at the Episcopal Church Home in Rochester, and then falsifying the patient's medical chart to cover up her neglect.
Appearing today in Rochester City Court before Judge Roy E. King, June Allen has been charged with three counts of Wilful Violation of Health Laws and three counts of Falsifying Business Records in the Second Degree. If convicted, she faces up to one year in prison.
Spitzer said, "Shortly after being fired from an Ontario County nursing home for neglecting patients there, Allen crossed the county line and took a similar position at a Rochester facility, where she is accused of doing the same thing. It is obvious, based on her actions, that the defendant should never again work with patients in a health care setting."
While working at the Episcopal Church Home in October 2000, Allen failed to change an 84-year-old female diabetic patient's wound dressing on three consecutive days. The patient had a physician's order for a dressing to be applied for an open abrasion. A diabetic with such an open sore and infection is at an increased risk for severely damaging and possibly losing the extremity.
In the earlier patient neglect case, which is pending trial, Allen, while working at the Elm Manor Nursing Home in Canandaigua on February 21, 2000, failed to administer a prescribed pneumonia vaccine to an 87-year-old patient suffering from Parkinson's disease. The following day, Allen failed to remove a nitroglycerin patch from the arm of a 78-year-old patient with coronary heart disease. The patch, which dilates the arteries to improve coronary blood flow, is supposed to be changed each day.
Allen was also charged in that case with neglecting a 76-year-old patient suffering from congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease by failing to give the patient, on eight separate occasions, her prescribed medications. The patient had been ordered by her physician to receive a combivent inhaler (to open her airway) four times a day, and a steroid inhaler (medication) twice a day.
To conceal her crimes in both cases, Allen falsely wrote on the patients' medical charts that she had provided the medications and treatments.
The Attorney General thanked the State Health Department for referring the two matters to his office. He also thanked the staff and administration of both nursing homes for their assistance and cooperation during the investigations.
Allen, 41, lives at 484 Benson Road in Victor, New York. She worked at the Elm Manor Nursing Home, located at 210 North Main Street in Canandaigua, from March 1998 to April 2000, and at the Episcopal Church Home, located at 505 Mt. Hope Avenue in Rochester, from June 2000 to October 2000.
Special Assistant Attorney General Timothy J. McFarland, of the Rochester Regional Office of the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, is prosecuting both cases. All cases are handled under the direct supervision of Deputy Attorney General Jos? Maldonado.
The charges against Allen are accusations, and she is presumed innocent until proven guilty.