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Investigator: Ohio Attorney General opens nursing abuse investigation

2:27 PM, Jun 30, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Steve Piskor says investigators from the Ohio Attorney General's Office will be interviewing him about the abuse of his mother caught on hidden camera at MetroHealth's nursing home.

Piskor's mother, Esther, is a patient at the Prentiss Center for Skilled Nursing Care and she suffers from Alzheimer's disease.  Hidden camera video inside Esther's room caught nurses aides hitting her in the face, shoving her into a wall, and throwing her violently on to her bed.

Two nurses aides have been fired and a third suspended for five days.

In another development, a fourth aide, Jennifer Perkins, was placed on unpaid leave.  Channel 3 News learned that she had a felony record for theft for dealing in food stamps. When informed of the conviction, the hospital took action immediately.  Their background check of Perkins was done in 2007 before the offense was committed.

Cuyahoga County Executive Edward FitzGerald commented for the first time about the abuse at the county facility. 

"I found Tom Meyer's reports to be very disturbing, and I sympathize with Ms. Piskor and her family for having to go through this ordeal.  MetroHealth has acted to address the immediate situation, and my understanding is that they will continue to take steps to prevent any patient from receiving this sort of shabby treatment in the future."

MetroHealth officials have previously apologized for the abuse and promised to clean things up with an internal investigation and an outside agency it hired to review policies and procedures.   

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