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Post date: November 8 2000

Nurse Admits To Patient Neglect And Cover-up At Monroe County Nursing Home

Attorney General Spitzer today announced that Nancy Kuhn, a licensed practical nurse at the Friendly Home of Rochester in Brighton, admitted that she failed to administer a blood sugar test to an 81-year-old female patient suffering from diabetes this past May and then falsified the patient's medical records with a fake entry.

Appearing earlier this week in Town Court of Brighton before Judge James E. Morris, Kuhn pleaded guilty to Wilful Violation of Health Laws. Sentencing was set for January 16, 2001, at which time she faces up to one year in jail.

Spitzer said, "The defendant was entrusted with the care of one of our most vulnerable citizens, and she showed little concern for the patient's well-being. It is obvious, based on her actions, that she should never again work with patients in a health care setting."

The Attorney General thanked the State Health Department for referring the case to his office. He also thanked the staff and administration of the Friendly Home of Rochester for their assistance throughout the investigation.

Kuhn, 54, lives at 60 Dorbeth Road in Rochester. She worked at the facility, located at 3156 East Avenue in Brighton, from September 1999 to June 1, 2000.

Special Assistant Attorney General Timothy J. McFarland, of the Rochester Regional Office of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, prosecuted the case. All cases are handled under the direct supervision of Deputy Attorney General Jos? Maldonado.