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Post date: June 21 2001

Nurse Admits To Patient Neglect At Long Island Nursing Home

Attorney General Spitzer today announced that Susan Miller, a licensed practical nurse formerly employed at the Sands Point Center for Health and Rehabilitation in Port Washington, has admitted to unlawfully withholding medication from an elderly female patient at the facility.

Appearing earlier this week in Hempstead District Court before Judge George Peck, Miller pleaded guilty to Wilful Violation of Health Laws. She was immediately sentenced to a conditional discharge, the conditions being that she voluntarily surrender her nursing license, perform forty hours of community service, and agree not to seek any type of employment in the health care field for one year.

Spitzer said, "This investigation and prosecution by my Medicaid Fraud Control Unit drives home our message that we will have zero tolerance for those who mistreat our most vulnerable citizens. Based on her actions, it is obvious that the defendant should never work again with patients in a health care setting."

According to prosecutors, on February 27, 2000, Miller neglected a legally blind 69-year-old patient suffering from congestive heart failure, hypertension, Parkinson's disease, and a seizure disorder by failing to provide the patient with two prescribed blood pressure medications and one anti-seizure medication.

Spitzer thanked the State Health Department for referring the matter to his office. He also thanked the administration and staff of the nursing home for their cooperation and assistance in the investigation.

Miller, 37, lives at 111 College Point Road in Selden. She was employed at Sands Point Center for Health and Rehabilitation, located at 1440 Port Washington Boulevard in Port Washington, from January 1998 until her termination in February 2000.

Special Assistant Attorney General Lara Goroway, of the Long Island Regional Office of the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, prosecuted the case. All cases are handled under the direct supervision of Deputy Attorney General Jos? Maldonado.