Felony hearings for nursing home workers postponed

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Several former workers from a Buffalo health care facility who were caught in a hidden camera investigation had their felony hearings postponed on Thursday.

Seven of the 17 nursing home workers from HighPointe on Michigan were due in city court to face felony charges but their felony hearings were moved to July 2. The remainder of the nursing home workers are expected to be in court on Monday.

A hidden-camera investigation resulted in felony charges against the workers who are accused of lying about feeding, cleaning and giving medication to a 56-year-old patient. In June 2013, the state attorney general’s office installed a hidden camera in the now deceased patient’s room.

Lawyers who handle nursing home abuse cases says it’s rare to use a hidden camera, but in this case prosecutors say it proves the nurses and nursing assistants broke the law.

On Wednesday, Kaleida Health announced the facility director and the director of nursing are no longer at HighPointe on Michigan.

Spokesman Jody Lomeo said in a statement, “In our quest to provide the very best care for the residents at HighPointe, we have been working for the past few months to make significant improvements.”

Kaleida announced the hiring of Eugene Gonsiorek as the new director at HighPointe. Gonsiorek had been the administrator at Autumn View Health Care Facility. The nursing director position remains vacant.

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