Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced the indictment of seven current and former employees of Whetstone Gardens and Care Center nursing home for neglect and mistreatment, including one who died as a result of the nurses’ actions. The seven defendants face 34 charges, including involuntary manslaughter and patient neglect. One patient “literally rotted to death” as a direct result of the nurses’ neglect and another suffered physical harm because nurses falsified her medical records and forged signatures. Four employees were fired for falsifying the second patient’s records.
“This is gut-wrenching for anyone who has entrusted a care facility with the well-being and safety of a loved one,” Yost said.
The first patient developed wounds on his body in late February 2017 that progressed to gangrenous and necrotic tissue. The staff failed to recognize the resident’s change of condition and failed to transfer to the hospital for the provision of emergency services. Nurses delayed bringing him to a hospital, where he died on March 5, 2017, from septic shock as a result of the wounds.
Three defendants were indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter, gross patient neglect and patient neglect. They are accused of failing to take medically appropriate steps that would have saved his life.
The second patient suffered physical harm as a result of inadequate care because nurses falsified her medical records, Yost said. The patient’s medical records contained false information and forged signatures of nursing staff. An investigation found that the patient’s medical file listed care at times when the patient was not physically present at the facility.
Five nurses were indicted on charges including forgery and gross patient neglect. The patient later died, but no one faces charges related to the death.
“These victims were completely dependent on others for day-to-day care, which their families trusted Whetstone Gardens to provide. Instead of providing that care, evidence shows these nurses forced the victims to endure awful mistreatment and then lied about it,” Yost said.