CLEVELAND -- The 78-year-old nursing home resident whose abuse by nursing aides was caught by a hidden camera will get to stay at the county run facility -- for now.
During a closed-door meeting today with Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Dick Ambrose, MetroHealth Medical Center agree to let Esther Piskor stay at the Prentiss Center skilled nursing facility until a state health department administrative hearing on the issue.
In return, Piskor's family agreed to remove the hidden camera that caught employees physically abusing and intimidating Piskor.
MetroHealth, however, will still have a sitter watch over Piskor 24 hours a day.
"It's a victory, techically" said her son Steve Piskor. "But it's a victory for them because they got what they wanted. They got the cameras out of there."
In a statement, MetroHealth said it was pleased that "the cameras must be removed."
Some states, like Texas, prevent a nursing home or its employees from covering or shutting off a video camera installed by a patient's family to catch abuse.
Those laws also prohibit a nursing home from kicking a patient out for using a camera.
But Ohio has no law that addresses the use of these hidden cameras. State Health Department regulations say it is up to the nursing home to decide whether it will allow a camera.
MetroHealth has apologized publically for the abuse, but Steve Piskor said it has yet to relay those sentiments to the family directly.
"They were all here today and not one of them...even came up to me and said 'I'm sorry for what happened to your mother.' Nobody from Metro has said it," Steve Piskor said.
MetroHealth notified the family of Esther Piskor last week that it wanted to transfer her to another facility to ensure her safety and welfare.
The family went to court to stop the move. They say Piskor should not be moved now because she has been hospitalized twice recently and relocating her would not be in her best interest.
"MetroHealth continues to believe it is in the patient's best interest to be placed in another facility," the statement noted. "In order to ensure her safety and welfare, MetroHealth is working to find an appropriate placement that will meet her needs."