17 workers fired amid allegations of mistreatment at nursing home

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The New York State Attorney General’s Office is filing felony charges against 17 people, in connection with an investigation at HighPointe on Michigan Nursing home.

Attorney General Spokesperson Casey Aguglia says the complaint was filed Wednesday, in Buffalo City Court. Aguglia did not reveal details about the complaints or the charges. The complaints are sealed until the defendants are arraigned Friday afternoon in City Court.

The facility, at Michigan Avenue and High Streets in Buffalo’s Medical Corridor, is operated by Kaleida Health and serves both adult and pediatric patients.

Kaleida Health said in a statement Thursday that it “has terminated 17 employees for neglectful care of one resident. This behavior, and lack of appropriate care, is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. When we were made aware of the situation we took action. Kaleida Health, through its office of Internal Audit and Compliance, has been working cooperatively with the Attorney General’s office on this investigation.”

Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1168 is one of two unions that represents employees at HighPointe. The CWA said Thursday six of the now-former employees named in the complaint are its members, and that those six employees were arrested and charged with falsifying documents.

“The falsification was related to patient care that was documented as being provided and allegedly was not,” the CWA said. “CWA was saddened to hear of the allegations… patient neglect at any level is a tragedy and cannot be tolerated.”

The union said it would work with the affected members to determine “if these allegations are true and what action must be taken.”

More information is expected to be made public following Friday’s arraignment.

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