The state has fined an Orange hospice facility $2,500 and ordered it to bring in an independent nurse consultant after inspections at the facility last year uncovered nearly two dozen violations. Compassus – Greater Connecticut entered into a consent order with the state Department of Public Health (DPH) on April 8 in response to 22 violations DPH investigators found when they made unannounced inspections in August and September 2015. The violations included failure to devise and follow adequate plans for pain management, failure to inform patients about the frequency and cost of services rendered, failure to reconcile medications and update plans of care, and failure to ensure timely coordination of care. Other violations cited were failure to get doctors’ orders before pre-filling medication syringes, failure to have a performance improvement plan in place, and failure to adhere to tracking requirements for adverse events, among others. According to the consent order, which was signed by the president of Compassus, Tony James, the facility agreed to pay $2,500 at the time the order was signed.
Six Connecticut nursing homes have been fined for violations, including two that resulted in resident deaths. The state Department of Public Health (DPH) has fined Madison House in Madison $2,265 for an incident in which a resident was found face-down and unresponsive in bed. The resident was admitted to the facility in November 2015, according to DPH, with a broken hip. The resident had surgery and subsequently went into cardiogenic shock five days later and required “extensive care,” according to the citation. The resident was found unresponsive Dec.
Seven nursing homes have been fined at least $1,200 in connection with residents who were verbally abused or who suffered cuts or broken bones. The state Department of Public Health (DPH) fined Madison House in Madison a total of $3,640 in separate citations on Feb. 5 and March 3. It was fined $1,940 in connection with a nurse’s aide who was verbally abusive to a resident on Aug. 8.
The licensed practical nursing program at Vinal Technical High School in Middletown is preparing to close because too few graduates have been passing the LPN licensing exam. The state Board of Examiners for Nursing voted 5 to 1 on April 6 to recommend to Dr. Raul Pino, commissioner of the state Department of Public Health, that the program be closed immediately. The program has been in jeopardy since last fall because fewer than the required 80 percent of students have been passing the exam on the first try after graduation. Nursing board member Mary Brown voted against the closure, according to draft minutes of the meeting. Earlier in the meeting, she had proposed delaying the closure to let the current class graduate in January 2017 and take the licensing exam, but the rest of the board voted against her motion, the minutes said.
The state has suspended the medical license of a Beverly Hills dermatologist accused of fraudulently collecting $1.6 million in disability benefits in California. Dr. Glenn Ledesma signed a consent order with the Connecticut Department of Public Health agreeing to the suspension pending an investigation of the allegations against him. State records show he has had a Connecticut license since 1987. The consent order was filed on March 23. Ledesma’s website says he had served as chief of dermatology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and was a researcher for the former Upjohn Co.
A Stamford nursing home has been fined $5,160 in connection with its handling of emergency procedures when a resident died in January. And a Shelton nursing home was fined $3,000 in connection with a resident who died Jan. 22 without CPR being initiated. On Feb. 22, the state Department of Public Health (DPH) fined Long Ridge Post-Acute Care in Stamford $3,000 in connection with a resident who died on Jan.
Five years ago, Presley Eze, a licensed practical nurse from West Hartford, was arrested outside Trader Joe’s when, police said, he was holding a long sword and appeared to be high on PCP. Though he’s been arrested four times since and was found wandering barefoot in the snow in 17-degree weather in 2013, the state Board of Examiners for Nursing concluded that Eze, 29, has maintained his sobriety and is now safe to “practice nursing with reasonable skill and safety.”
The board made that decision March 23 when it imposed a four-year probation on Eze’s nursing license with many conditions. He must have periodic drug and alcohol tests and visit support groups at least eight times a month. Records show the board members concluded that Eze has fully accepted responsibility for his misconduct. At the same meeting, the board also disciplined seven other nurses.
A dialysis center in Waterbury has been fined $5,000 by the state for numerous violations, including having a leaky roof and ceilings, clogged gutters, rusted chairs, expired nutritional supplements, a stained dialysis machine and a treatment unit that was only 60 degrees. Inspectors from the state Department of Public Health found the problems between May and September 2015 at the Waterbury Dialysis Center on Highland Avenue in Waterbury. In a consent order signed March 9 with DPH, the center, part of the DaVita Dialysis chain based in Denver, agreed to hire an environmental consulting firm to keep the state advised that the violations are being corrected. It also agreed to have a corporate regional nurse from DVA Healthcare Renal Care of Denver make weekly visits to verify and report to the state that staffing was adequate and that infection control principles were being followed. Inspectors found some lapses in patient care.
A Rhode Island doctor facing charges of video voyeurism and child pornography in that state has had his license to practice medicine in Connecticut suspended. The state Department of Public Health took the action March 16 due to the criminal case in Rhode Island against Dr. William Lee Thompson, 48, according to an interim consent order Thompson agreed to with DPH. Last July, Thompson voluntarily agreed not to practice medicine in Rhode Island, records show. When such actions are taken in one state, Connecticut officials can also take action if the person has a license to practice medicine in Connecticut. Thompson, an anesthesiologist, was arrested June 8 in East Greenwich, R.I., and was accused of videotaping a minor while she was taking a shower in his home, police said.
A Stamford doctor has surrendered his Connecticut medical license rather than face disciplinary charges for letting two unlicensed men perform liposuction on two unsuspecting patients at his spa in Stamford in 2011. Dr. Marlon Castillo voluntarily surrendered his license Feb. 29, according to a consent order presented to the state Medical Examining Board Tuesday. The board agreed to drop the pending charges against Castillo, who was convicted in New York in 2014 for aiding or abetting in the unauthorized practice of unlicensed medicine. The board dropped the charges on the advice of lawyers from the state Department of Public Health, who said that continued prosecution of the case was unnecessary because Castillo no longer has a medical license.