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SEXUAL ASSAULT in WESTERVILLE, OH NURSING HOME

THE VILLAGE AT WESTERVILLE NURSING CENTER, WESTERVILLE, OHIO

Recently in 2013, The Village at Westerville Nursing Center Located 1060 EASTWIND DRIVE, WESTERVILLE, OH 43081 was CITED by the DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES for failure to protect a resident from sexual abuse/assault; resulting in immediate jeopardy for the resident.

The following are only portions of the full report. The full report can be found here. The portions of the report below are actual quotes.

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING IS VERY GRAPHIC AND CAN BE VERY DISTURBING.

**NOTE- TERMS IN BRACKETS HAVE BEEN EDITED TO PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY**
Based on review of a facility self-reported incident (SRI), medical record review, staff interview, review of a police report, review of the Phlebotomist Daily Mileage Sheet and review of the facility abuse policy, the facility failed to protect Resident #91 from sexual abuse. This resulted in Immediate Jeopardy for one resident (#91) who was sexually assaulted by Laboratory Technician (LT) #1. CONTINUING: On 05/08/13 when Resident #91 was sexually assaulted by LT#1 during a visit to obtain blood for laboratory (lab) sampling. On 05/08/13, Resident #91 had orders for several lab values to be obtained. LT #1 drew the blood work. When he was finished drawing Resident #91’s blood, LT #1 closed the door and drew the curtains around Resident #91’s bed. LT #1 then lifted Resident #91’s shirt and placed his penis between her breasts. LT#1 placed his hands on Resident #91’s breast and ejaculated. LT #1 also asked the resident to perform oral sexual acts.

CONTINUING: Resident #91 reported this incident lasted five to ten minutes and, after the incident, LT #1 put his index finger up to his lips as though he was telling her not to say anything and then said something along the lines of her being his favorite patient. The report revealed Resident #91’s history of a prior rape in 1978 and abusive relationship, and that Resident #91 stated she in no way consented to any sexual contact with LT #1. Upon contacting LT #1’s regional manager, it was discovered that since his employment began in March 2013 he had one complaint lodged in regards to him touching a female patient. The report also revealed, during an interview with the Administrator, it was discovered that, although there was a sign-in book at the facility, not everyone signed in, and LT #1 had not signed in the day the sexual abuse occurred. Review of a copy of the Phlebotomist Daily Mileage Sheet dated 05/08/13 revealed LT #1 was in the facility
between 8:25 A.M. and 10:35 A.M.

Personal Note from NHAA Advocates: We here at NHAA share with all the families of loved ones who are confined to nursing homes the pain and anguish of putting them in the care of someone other than our-self. We live our lives thinking our loved ones are being treated with dignity and honor in the homes we place them. We cannot emphasize enough to family members of nursing home residents; frequent visits are essential to our loved ones’ well being and safety. This nursing home and many others across the country are cited for abuse and neglect which go unpunished and continue to turn a blind eye to our elders’ safety and well being.

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