Crouse Hospital, a 506 bed facility located in Syracuse, New York, was fined $10,000.00 by the New York State Department of Health for hospital negligence. Specifically, for failing to thoroughly check the background of an employee who sexually assaulted a mentally disabled patient in 2008.
In 2008, Crouse Hospital used “companions” to sit with patients in need of continuous supervision. It secured the “companions” from a contractor. Before exposing disabled patients to the “companions,” Crouse failed to check to see whether the individuals were properly qualified. According to the State — which issued the maximum fine — there was no evidence that Crouse Hospital checked backgrounds of the “companions” who, in many cases, were providing care to patients such as inserting suction tubes and assisting with other activities of daily living.
Crouse Hospital no longer uses “companions.”
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