GOSHEN – Following a request for an investigation of the conditions at the Sapphire Nursing Home in Goshen, the state Health Department has given the company that runs the facility until Friday, February 23 to come up with a plan to correct violations.
The investigation into the conditions was requested by Assemblyman James
Skoufis and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, both of whom received complaints
following the company’s takeover of the nursing home last September.
Skoufis said the state report identified “major violations” including failure to maintain a safe, clean, comfortable and homelike environment; insufficient staffing; failure to ensure all residents received treatments and services as determined by individual plans of care; a resident’s rights violation; medication errors; failure of a physician to supervise one resident’s hydration and nutrition; and the facility’s failure to conduct required legionella water sampling.
“This damning report confirms what many of us suspected: the ownership and administration at Sapphire have been shamelessly putting their bottom line ahead of our community’s most vulnerable and their quality of care,” said Skoufis. “Since taking over in late 2017, Sapphire has treated many of their residents and the hardworking staff despicably. They need to be held accountable and their neglect put to an end, immediately.”