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Four nurses plead guilty in Blossom North case

Rochester Business Journal
June 26, 2014

Four defendants pleaded guilty in Rochester City Court Thursday in connection with complaints filed by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Former staffers at Blossom North Nursing and Rehabilitation Center—Champagne Anderson, 28; Binita Dahal, 30; Trasy Jalil, 34; and Elizabeth Acevedo, 43—entered guilty pleas to one count of willful violation to public health law. They are former nurses at Blossom North.

Eight of the 11 staffers charged have pleaded guilty, according to the attorney general’s office. They were charged with failing to dispense medication, to measure blood sugar and blood pressure, and to attend to a catheter.

“Nursing home residents are among our state’s most vulnerable citizens, and these guilty pleas send a clear message that we will hold people accountable when they neglect or abuse patients,” Schneiderman said in a statement.

A resident’s son made a complaint to the attorney general’s office, and after video surveillance was completed by the office’s Medicaid Fraud Unit charges were brought upon the staffers.  

The four women will be sentenced Aug. 14.

Schneiderman lodged criminal complaints alleging patient neglect against 11 staffers at Blossom North Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

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