Two employees at a Staten Island long-term care facility, Lily Pond Nursing Home, recently lost their respective licenses after a 40 year-old resident was abused. Cynthia Ferry, a Certified Nurse Aide at the facility, was observed by an EMT striking the 40-year old resident in the head.
Josefina Bernabe, a Licensed Practical Nurse, worked the evening shift as a Nurse Supervisor on the night of the assault. She was advised by the EMT worker that he witnessed C.N.A. Ferry strike the resident on the head. After being informed of the incident, LPN Bernabe told the EMT worker not to report it to protect Ferry from getting in trouble.
Both employees were charged by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the New York State Attorney General’s Office. As a result of the charges, both were forced to surrender their respective licenses (Ferry – C.N.A.; Bernabe – L.P.N.) with the condition the they refrain from engaging in any employment in the health care field.