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Unusual Patient Death In Goldsboro Nursing Home; Four Employees Removed


Posted on Mar 31, 2009

According to the Goldsboro News-Argus of Wayne County, North Carolina, a patient death at O'Berry Neuro-Medical Treatment Center has resulted in four assisted living employees on paid leave. Although the victim's family has been notified of the death, federal and North Carolina laws state that the details of the incident and the name of the deceased be kept confidential until the investigations are completed.

The mysterious death of a woman resident of the home for the disabled on Wednesday night is being investigated by state officials. Although no formal word has come from their findings, the North Carolina state investigators have indicated that although the passing of the woman was unusual and unexpected, there was probably not any direct foul play involved in the fatality. However, although nursing home abuse was probably not a factor, officials are still unsure of what happened or how the woman died.

"From the information, we do not think abuse was a factor," said Brad Deen, spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Four employees were put on paid leave following the incident as part of the new zero-tolerance policy instituted by Governor Beverly Perdue in response to the ongoing issues of nursing home abuse and nursing home negligence across the state.

Since the long-term care hospital specializes in the severely disabled, uncommon medical problems are not unheard of, and one other death in the last year at the facility has been classified as unexpected.

Both Cherry Hospital and the Medicaid Investigations unit of the North Carolina Attorney General's office are investigating the circumstances of the assisted living death. An autopsy of the woman has been performed by the Chapel Hill Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, although the results of the autopsy will not be available for a number of months.

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