The troubled Emerald South Rehabilitation and Care Center, a nursing home on Delaware Avenue, will lbe closing after a series of incidents which has put the facility under the microscope of state health officials, according to news station WGRZ.
They include the death of William Strasner, 87, who fell from his third-floor window June 4 (which prompted the state health department to fine the facility $10,000) and the 2016 beating death of Ruth Murray, 82, a dementia patient who was attacked by another patient when she mistakenly wandered into his room. That incident also prompted another $10,00 fine from the state.
These and other incidents lead the NYS Department of Health to strip operation of Emerald South from its previous owner, and place it into the emergency receivership of another nursing home operator last month.
As well, the federal government designated Emerald South a “Special Focus Facility,” which put it on a list of facilities determined to be in need of closer scrutiny.
In an e-mail to 2 On Your Side, a state health department spokesperson wrote: “To further protect the health and safety of residents at Emerald South, the Department of Health has approved a closure plan for the facility. The Department will work with the receiver to minimize the impact of this closure on the community and to ensure every resident is relocated to an appropriate level of care.”
Read the full story at WGRZ.