Former nursing home operators admit insufficient care

By – Associated Press – Thursday, September 13, 2018

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) – The former operators of an upstate New York nursing home have admitted endangering the welfare of a 94-year-old resident by failing to provide sufficient staff.

State Attorney General Barbara Underwood on Wednesday announced the guilty pleas of Joseph Zupnik and Daniel Herman. They’re the former operators of Focus Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Cooperstown. The center has been under new ownership and management since early 2017.

Zupnik and Herman had been accused in connection with the case of a woman who was left in a recliner in a common area for 41 hours without adequate care in 2016. They’re scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 10.

Four nursing home employees have previously been convicted in the neglect case.

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