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Oft-penalized Tonawanda nursing residence will get $10,000 state wonderful after resident loss of life

The state Well being Division has issued a $10,000 wonderful to an oft-penalized Western New York nursing residence the place earlier this 12 months a resident fell to her loss of life from a third-floor window.

The wonderful in opposition to Safire Rehabilitation of Northtowns within the City of Tonawanda is said to an inspection accomplished Feb. 10, two days after Judith Schrecengost, 78, was discovered useless within the courtyard straight beneath Room No. 306 on the 2799 Sheridan Drive facility.

Inspectors reached the conclusion that Schrecengost, a great-grandmother who was born and raised in Niagara Falls, bought out of a third-floor window that opened wider than it ought to have due to an improperly put in bolt. Additional, investigators pieced collectively the incident and decided Schrecengost was not seen by workers for a number of hours earlier than they realized she was lacking.

The wonderful was issued to Safire Northtowns on Aug. 29, however not posted in state information till this month.

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That is the ability’s second wonderful tied to the inspection following Schrecengost’s loss of life: Safire Northtowns additionally acquired an almost $53,000 federal penalty over the summer time as a result of investigation’s findings.

The wonderful in opposition to Safire Rehabilitation of Northtowns is tied to an inspection accomplished two days after 78-year-old Judith Schrecengost was discovered useless within the courtyard on the Sheridan Drive facility.

Safire spokesperson Michael Balboni didn’t instantly touch upon the state Well being Division wonderful.

He beforehand advised The Buffalo Information that Safire filed a correction plan, which was accepted by the Well being Division, and glued issues with the home windows. The correction plan included putting in extra window limits, in addition to educating workers on insurance policies for reporting a possible lacking resident and doable accident hazards instantly.

Additionally it is doable that Safire may face a lawsuit from Schrecengost’s survivors.

Michael Scinta, an lawyer from the Brown Chiari legislation agency who’s representing Schrecengost’s household, mentioned Thursday that the plan is to file a lawsuit by the top of 2022.

Details emerge in death of great-grandmother who fell from Tonawanda nursing home window

It was a freezing February night when 78-year-old Judith Schrecengost moved towards a third-floor window on the City of Tonawanda nursing residence the place she lived, squeezed via a gap and plummeted to the bottom.

Since Jan. 1, 2016, Safire Northtowns has acquired $78,500 in fines from the Well being Division.

The 100-bed nursing house is owned by a downstate group, which bought the previous Sheridan Manor in late 2015 and renamed it Safire Rehabilitation of Northtowns. Richard Platschek, Judy Landa, Solomon Abramczyk and Robert Schuck are the important thing traders within the restricted legal responsibility firms that personal Safire Northtowns and its sister facility, Safire Rehabilitation of Southtowns in Buffalo.

The 2 Safire amenities have one-star federal scores, or “a lot beneath common,” a measurement primarily based on three sources: well being inspections, staffing and high quality measures.

Safire Northtowns is also in its sixth month as a candidate for the federal Particular Focus Facility program that identifies the nation’s poorest-performing nursing houses and inspects them twice as typically as different amenities in an effort to spice up resident care.

Whether it is chosen as a Particular Focus Facility, the nursing residence would get a full, on-site inspection of all Medicare well being and security necessities each six months that might suggest progressive enforcement till it both improves and graduates from this system or is terminated from Medicare and Medicaid.

Simply final week, the Facilities for Medicare & Medicaid introduced revisions to the Particular Focus Facility program, designed to extend scrutiny, maintain amenities accountable and enhance resident care.

Jon Harris will be reached at 716-849-3482 or jharris@buffnews.com. Observe him on Twitter at @ByJonHarris.

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