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A nursing home owned by Erie County Medical Center was fined $20,580 by the federal government after a cognitively impaired resident with a history of wandering went missing for 100 minutes last year. The day before the Terrace View Long Term Care Facility resident wandered off, a maintenance worker there discovered an alarm on a stairway door on the resident's ward was…

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When Krysten Schmidt visited her 89-year-old grandmother at a Batavia nursing home, an aide pulled her aside to say there were maggots on her grandmother’s foot. Schmidt started to cry and wondered if maybe she misheard the aide. She hadn’t. Staff at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation later described the Sept. 25 incident to a state Health Depar…

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A Gowanda nursing home has been fined $10,000 by the state Health Department in connection with the sexual assault of an 88-year-old resident by another resident. The Gowanda Rehabilitation and Nursing Center waited more than six hours to report the May 29 assault to police and destroyed possible evidence related to the assault, the state Health Department concluded thi…

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The state attorney general has slapped Kaleida Health with a $500,000 penalty in a settlement that sharply criticized the care provided to a 16-month-old boy who died at Kaleida's HighPointe on Michigan nursing home and the falsified records about a 56-year-old resident who died there. The $500,000 penalty is among the most significant penalties imposed against a Buffal…

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A Buffalo nursing home has been hit with a second fine for the same 2018 incident involving “actual harm” to a resident who was mistakenly given insulin. The state Health Department levied a $10,000 fine against Humboldt House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Earlier this year, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services disclosed it fined the facility $47,827…

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A former Buffalo nursing home with a troubled history that includes the tragic and violent deaths of two residents has been donated to a religious organization. Chabad of Buffalo, a Hasidic group, has accepted ownership of the tax delinquent structure at 1175 Delaware Ave. from a company associated with Long Island resident Benjamin Landa. Emerald South Nursing and Reha…

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All 185 residents of the closed Absolut nursing home in Orchard Park have been relocated, with dozens transferred to another poorly rated Absolut facility in East Aurora. An estimated 55 residents were transferred from Absolut Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Orchard Park to the Absolut Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Aurora Park, according to a sou…

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After finding an 88-year-old woman being sexually assaulted by another resident, a Gowanda nursing home’s staff waited more than six hours to call police and destroyed possible evidence, the state Health Department has determined. Now the woman’s family is suing the Gowanda Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, alleging its negligence allowed the assault to occur. A cer…

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An Absolut nursing home in Orchard Park will close as its owner, Absolut Facilities Management, seeks Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition while it reorganizes, the company announced Wednesday. Absolut did not announce a date for the closing of its Absolut Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Orchard Park, a 202-bed facility with about 185 residents. The state Health D…

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The estate of an Amherst man who was offered contracts to play for the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers has won an appeals court victory finding a local nursing home liable in his death. In reversing a State Supreme Court justice’s decision denying the estate of Paul "Buck" Sutton Sr. a default judgment, Appellate Division justices unanimously agreed that William…

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The Jennie B. Richmond Chaffee Nursing Home in Springville has been fined $8,044 by the federal government in response to a state Health Department recommendation. The facility failed to properly care for a resident who died hours after being transferred to a hospital emergency room last spring. In addition to citing the home for substandard care in its treatment of the…

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State health inspectors cited the Jennie B. Richmond Chaffee Nursing Home in Springville for causing “actual harm” by providing substandard care to a resident who died shortly after he was taken to a hospital emergency room last spring. The Department of Health did not say the nursing home caused the unidentified patient’s death, but it indicated there were delays in ca…

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State and federal regulations prohibit nursing homes from discriminating against individuals because of their payment source. But New York's top nursing homes admit poor people at a lower rate than the state's worst nursing homes. At the five-star nursing homes, 7 percent of the new residents in 2017 were Medicaid admissions – poor people whose bills were paid by Medic…

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New York's top nursing homes admit poor people at a lower rate than the state's worst nursing homes despite regulations prohibiting discrimination. That is especially true for one-third of the poor people who enter New York nursing homes – those whose bills are paid from Day One by Medicaid. Across the state, these nearly 22,000 people were twice as likely to be admi…