Investigator: Abusive nursing aide jailed

7:16 PM, Jan 26, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Maria Karban was once named nurse's aide of the year at MetroHealth's nursing home. But, she's now headed to jail for six months.

Karban was exposed in a Tom Meyer investigation for spraying a body perfume  into the face of Esther Piskor, 78, who was living at the Prentiss Center for Skilled Nursing Care at Metrohealth.

Karban is seen on hidden camera spraying the liquid in the alzheimer patient's face.

Esther's son, Steve, said the body perfume carried a warning on the back saying it can cause skin irritation.  Steve said his mother suffered from an eye infection as a result of the spraying.

Judge Maureen Clancy sentenced Karban to jail calling her actions "reprehensible and appalling."

Karban wept through the hearing, but Steve Piskor urged the judge to not have sympathy for the former nurse's aide.

This is the second former MetroHealth aide who has been sentenced to time behind bars for abusing Esther Piskor. 

Earlier this month, Virgen Caraballo received the maximum penalty of 10 and a half years for her mistreatment of the elderly woman.

MetroHealth says it has required additional training of all employees and it is also reviewing all practices and processes to prevent abuse from occurring again.

It says as a result of an internal investigation, four employees were fired, one employee was suspended and four more employees received a written warning.

The hospital apologized saying excellence in patient care is its top priority.      


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