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Blossom North nurse sentenced to probation

Rochester Business Journal
August 14, 2014

Former Blossom North LLC nurse Champagne Anderson on Thursday was sentenced to three years’ probation.

Anderson, 28, is one of 11 registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants arrested in March after an investigation by the state Attorney General’s office. She previously pled guilty to a single count of willfully violating New York’s public health law.

The Blossom North staffers faced felony charges over a series of incidents in which staff neglected or maltreated a bed-ridden resident whose legs had been amputated.

The attorney general’s investigation came after the resident’s son secretly made video recordings of his father’s treatment.  

Eight of the former Blossom North caregivers have pled guilty and have been sentenced to terms of probation. Several have also been ordered to do community service.

The three who have not yet entered pleas are participating in a program called Stop Elder Abuse and Mistreatment and could be allowed to plead to a lower charge, said Nicholas Benson, a spokesman for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.   

Former Blossom North nurse Trasy Jalil, 34, is slated to appear in Rochester City Court for sentencing next month.

Sentences meted out to the Blossom North caregivers “send a clear message that caregivers who abuse or neglect patients in nursing facilities will be prosecuted and held accountable,” Schneiderman said.

Blossom North is owned by the same group of out-of-town investors that owns the shuttered Blossom South Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Hit with numerous violations by state Department of Health inspectors over a period of years, Blossom South shut down several months ago after losing a court battle to stop the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from pulling its eligibility to receive Medicare or Medicaid payments.      

(c) 2014 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail service@rbj.net.
 


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