COVID-19 hit healthcare workers hard, that's no secret. Many hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers have been left understaffed and unequipped to deal with certain medical situations. Recently, the Van Duyn Rehabilitation Center and Nursing Home in Syracuse has been accused of negligence and fraud, so the Supreme Court is now investigating these charges.

Harry Cao via Unsplash
Harry Cao via Unsplash

This is not the first time Van Duyn has gotten in trouble. After receiving four times the national average of citations between 2017-2021, the State Health Department investigated. As of 2021, they reportedly found troubling living conditions complete with cockroaches in the kitchen, a highly vision impaired resident who went hungry after receiving no assistance with their meal, another resident who's teeth weren't brushed for two weeks, and many more horrifying revelations. You can read all about these and many more at CNY Central News. In reference to each citation, the nursing home "issued a corrective action plan to address the issues and re-educate staff to prevent them in the future" (Megan Coleman, CNY Central News). Sadly, it seems that wasn't enough.

Imani Clement, NCC News
Imani Clement, NCC News

On April 26, 2022, a subpoena was issued to Van Duyn that said to share all electronic communications and emails with the State. Nearly a year later, they still haven't shared anything, so on Tuesday, Onondaga County Supreme Court Justice Gregory Gilbert ruled that the organization has seven days to share the requested information with the Attorney General's (AG's) office as part of their investigation. The AG's office lists 40 allegations made against Van Duyn that have caused serious harm and in some cases, death. The nursing home is being accused of running unsafely, being understaffed, and diverting Medicaid funds to the owner unlawfully. Van Duyn refutes these allegations and even argues that the State has no legal right to issue the subpoenas (NewsChannel 9).

Running a nursing home without sufficient staff so that Medicaid funds intended for resident care can be siphoned off to benefit the owners is a well-stated allegation of fraud, if not illegal conduct. -The State Attorney General's Office (NewsChannel 9)

Van Duyn Rehabilitation Center and Nursing Home Living Conditions

Check out some examples of the living conditions at Van Duyn, photographed by employee Kylie Murray who was apparently let go for taking the pictures in the first place.

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Kylie Murray will be interviewed by CNY Central News on Wednesday, 1/26/23, stay tuned for more specifics and updates.

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