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AG: Medford Nursing Home Neglect Led to Resident’s Death

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Seven workers, including two top administrators, of a poorly-run nursing home in Medford were charged Tuesday in connection with the the death of one of its residents and allegedly covering up the incident, on the same day a civil lawsuit was filed against its owners for neglecting vulnerable customers, New York’s top prosecutor said.The criminal charges stem from the death of a 72-year-old resident who stopped breathing and “had likely been dead for some time” before a nurse’s aide finally responded, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a news release. An alarm alerting nurses and aides to the distressed resident went ignored for more than two hours, officials alleged.Authorities believe the resident died after one of the workers failed to connect the resident to a ventilator machine at night, as per doctor’s orders. That worker, 61-year-old Kethlie Joseph of Brentwood, is now facing charges of criminally negligent homicide. Authorities also alleged that Joseph ignored messages to her pager when the resident stopped breathing.“Today’s arrests and lawsuit send a message that we will not tolerate anyone being neglected or denied life-saving medical treatment while individuals line their own pockets with tens of millions of dollars that Medicaid intended to provide resident care,” Schneiderman said in the news release.The investigation also led to the arrest of the center’s licensed administrator, 56-year-old David Fieldings, and its director of respiratory therapy, 49-year-old Christine Boylan, for allegedly trying to cover up the incident by concealing computer records related to the resident’s death from state health officials, authorities said.Schneiderman said in the suit that 17 of Medford Multicare Center’s employees have been convicted of neglect and falsification of records since 2003 to cover up abuse and neglect. He also charged that its owners padded their pockets with at least $60 million in Medicaid funding while the nursing home was hit with 130 violations of state regulations and failed to report more than 4,000 incidents and accidents to state health officials.In two instance, the suit alleges, the New York State Department of Health found that the facility placed its residents in “immediate jeopardy” of “serious injury, harm, impairment and death.”And rather than invest in higher quality staffing and improved supervision, owners cut salaries and supplies and collected salaries equal to all 400-plus employees combined, authorities alleged.Medford Multicare Center released a statement that defended the nursing home’s work with seniors and touted a recent health department review that didn’t list any infractions. “Not only does the facility meet all safety protocols mandated by the state, it has a history of going beyond what is required,” said nursing home spokesman Hank Sheinkopf. “Over the past five years, the facility has done increasingly well on its Department of Health inspections, and on its most recent review last August, did not receive a single infraction.” The center is “very concerned” by the charges, he added, but the allegations “are not indicative of the excellent quality of care” that the nursing home provides.Four other licensed employees—Kimberly Lappe, 31, and Victoria Caldwell, 50, both of Medford; Christina Corelli, 37, of East Patchogue; Patricia DiGiovanni, 62, of Port Jefferson—also face charges in connection with the resident’s death.Authorities also arrested 47-year-old Yolanda Monsalvo of Nesconset and 49-year-old Catherine Reyes of Ridge in separate incidents, alleging neglect and providing false statements to investigators.The employees who have been charged have all been placed on administrative leave. “But because we believe that people are innocent until proven guilty,” Sheinkipf said, “they will continue to be paid while these issues are under review.”last_img read more

Onsite: 6 things you missed yesterday at #CUNAGAC

first_imgDuring #CUNAGAC, in addition to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, CUNA communications will be using Periscope, a live-streaming app to broadcast behind-the-scenes updates.Look for:The #CUNAGAC and #CUdifference hashtag on all social media platforms;@CUInsight, @AmandaCUInsight, @John_CUInsight on Twitter;@cuinsight on Instagram;CUInsight.com on Facebook; [email protected] on Periscope.Check back for updates on the latest from the 2016 #CUNAGAC!CUNA News Now:Reps. to CFPB: Use authority to protect CUsCongress can help lift CFPB burden from CUs: DonovanMaine League discusses reg burden with congressional delegationGAC Today: Video highlights from MondayLook around: See the #CUdifference everywhereScenes from Monday at GAC 2016In AGM, Nussle highlights dynamic year at CUNABodell: Kill the twin evils of complexity and complacencyStreifel: Set high expectations for CUNATuesday breakouts: Looking to the future in payments, reg burden, small-dollar loansCU Times:Regulatory Burden Unprecedented and Growing: McWattersNo Plan B for CUNA Bylaws: Onsite at GACCFPB: Benevolent Credit Union Friend or Dictator? Onsite at GACWegner Awards Honorees: Onsite at GACCU Magazine:CUNA highlights CUs that put philosophy into actionCUNA honors CUs’ social responsibilityGAC Today: Highlights from Monday 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details There were some memorable moments onstage during Day 2 of #CUNAGAC. If you weren’t in Washington D.C. on Monday, here are 6 key things you missed.6. The EntranceMonday’s Opening General Session featured a parade of flags, the Marine guard, and fife and drum performers. This mixture, along with Pledge of Allegiance and the fact that we were all assembled in our nation’s capital made it a very prideful and inspirational way to kick off the morning.5. A message from the Speaker of the HouseSpeaker Paul Ryan praised credit unions for the service they provide to Americans and assured the crowd that “You’re in good hands with my old friends (CEO) Jim Nussle and (COO) Rich Meade.”4. Jim Nussle’s Helicopter MomentIn the middle of speaking about big banks and their mission to destroy community financial institutions, the sounds of a helicopter filled the room for a quick moment. Without missing a beat, the CUNA CEO said “Here they come.”The good news? Nussle said, “I see an opportunity for us to be the disruptors in the financial services marketplace that Americans are looking for.”3. Susan Streifel’s challenge to credit unionsCUNA Board Chairwoman Susan Streifel told credit unions to “set high expectations for our great association,” and to “share the responsibility in its performance. We are all CUNA. Our engagement and participation are vital.”2. Lisa Bodell says make the choice for changeFuturist and CEO of futurethink, Lisa Bodell said “nothing comes from complacency” and challenged credit unions to “keep on top of trends and change so you can give your members what they need to solve their problems.”Bodell said employees of more complex companies are drowning in meetings and emails and credit unions’ relative lack of complexity and members-first focus provide a leg up on other financial institutions. She challenged the crowd to “be in a groove and not in a rut.”1. Nussle returns to highlight a great year for CUNADuring the 82nd Annual General Meeting at #CUNAGAC, Jim Nussle returned to the stage to take a look back at the year behind us.“CUNA’s purpose is to support, protect, unify, and advance the credit union movement,” Nussle said. “With fierce, 360-degree advocacy, we remove barriers between credit unions and their members, create awareness of the credit union difference, and foster service excellence so credit unions can continue to be America’s best financial partners.”Nussle highlighted the efforts of credit unions, state leagues, and CUNA and the successes that came from the joint efforts. One of these efforts was confronting attacks on credit union tax status in nine states.“As a result of your hard work, your hand-to-hand combat,” Nussle said, “no bills were even introduced challenging the credit union not-for-profit tax status.”last_img read more

Ecuador city runs out of coffins amid COVID-19 crisis

first_imgLast week, residents posted videos on social media showing abandoned bodies in the streets in the Latin American city worst hit by the pandemic.The government called in troops to pick up 150 corpses from streets and homes earlier this week after mortuary workers in the city were unable to keep up with a backlog of removals.The cardboard coffins “will be a great help in providing a dignified burial for people who died during this health emergency,” the Guayaquil mayor’s office wrote on Twitter. Ecuador reported 3,646 cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, including 180 deaths, the majority of them occurring in Guayaquil and its surrounding province of Guayas. Soaring numbers of COVID-19 deaths in Ecuador’s second city Guayaquil have led to a shortage of coffins, forcing locals to resort to using cardboard boxes, city authorities said Sunday.Authorities in the Pacific port city said they had received a donation of 1,000 pressed cardboard caskets from local producers, and delivered them for use in two local cemeteries.”It’s so they can meet demand,” a city hall spokesman told AFP. “There are either no coffins in the city or they are extremely expensive.” Businessman Santiago Olivares, who owns a chain of funeral homes, said his company was unable to keep up with demand.”I sold the 40 that I had at the downtown branch, and 40 others from my headquarters. I had to order 10 more at the weekend and they’ve run out,” Olivares told AFP.The cheapest coffins currently cost around $400. Olivares said a 15-hour curfew in the city was contributing to the shortage of basic raw materials for coffin makers like wood and metal.center_img Topics :last_img read more

SBC secures membership of American Gaming Association

first_img SBC’s Barcelona Summit to become digital-only event May 29, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit Related Articles SBC Summit Barcelona – Digital 2020 announces free ticket initiative July 21, 2020 Sports Betting Community (SBC) has shown its commitment to the growing US betting industry by securing membership to the American Gaming Association (AGA).SBC organizes some of the biggest sports betting trade events in Europe and the United States via its event brand SBC Events.com. SBC also manages a network of betting and gaming industry news portals including SBCAmericas.com, an online news and analysis resource dedicated to the developing sports betting industries in North and South Americas.Stacy Papadopoulos of the AGA commented: “We are pleased to welcome SBC to the AGA as an ally member. With the possibility of legal, regulated sports betting across the country, this is an exciting time for the U.S. gaming industry. As the sports betting sector grows, being able to discuss and share best practices with an industry leader like SBC benefits the organization and our broader membership.”SBC’s CEO & Founder Rasmus Sojmark added: “Our involvement in the US pre-dates the repeal of PASPA, but there is no doubt that the SCOTUS decision has lit the boosters for sports betting in the US.“There’s no doubt that the AGA’s support for sports betting at a key point of the political debate helped open the door for the sector so we have no hesitation in supporting them through our membership.”SBC joins the AGA at a time when the gaming industry is growing both in size and popularity. The May 2018 Supreme Court ruling overturning the federal ban on sports betting was a landmark policy achievement for the industry. Revenue grew in twenty states with commercial casinos in 2017 and the commercial gaming industry as a whole brought  in $40.3 billion in gaming revenue, while tribal casinos tallied $32.4 billion in total gaming revenue. Share FES and Incentive Games launch esports prediction game June 2, 2020last_img read more