WPR News
8:24 am
Fri June 23, 2006

Audit Reveals Wrongdoing

Jackson, Wy – An audit released by a state agency says
the St. John's Living Center nursing home in Jackson broke the law
by NOT immediately reporting alleged sexual assaults.
A male aide allegedly kissed and fondled the breasts of an
elderly woman with dementia in 2004 and 2005. Recently the man was
charged with six counts of felony sexual assault.
The allegations were reported in an annual evaluation of the
nursing home that was completed in April. But Jean McLean, director
of the Office of Healthcare Licensing and Surveys, says the nursing
home knew about the alleged assaults back in February -- two months
earlier.
Federal law requires agencies getting Medicare and Medicaid
payments to report alleged crimes against vulnerable adults.
Officials with St. John's Hospital have denied failing to act on
the allegations.