NY Nursing Home Neglect Attorney Report: Long Island Nursing Aide Punished For Improper Transfer And Documentation

Christine Butzbach, a former nurse’s aide at Medford Multicare Center Medford Butzbach, was recently punished for failing to abide by a care plan for transfers. Ms. Butzbach was reportedly seen bringing a resident and a Hoyer Lift into the resident’s room and then exiting the room with the Hoyer Lift. The witness told the resident’s wife that she believed Ms. Butzbach transferred the resident using the Hoyer Lift without the assistance of another caregiver as required. Investigation revealed that the defendant had done this on other prior occasions as well and that she signed the resident’s accountability record for those dates. Ms. Butzbach later admitted to investigators that she had performed the transfer alone.

After prosecution by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the NYS Attorney General’s Office, Ms. Butzbach was sentenced to a one-year Conditional Discharge and 280 hours of community service. Special conditions include surrendering her certification, must refrain from being employed in any capacity taking care of any incompetent person and provide 3 month updates in which she must provide evidence that she is gainfully employed or in school or both.

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Long-Term-Care Community Coalition, Enforcements, Winter 2010.

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