Butler County Times Gazette
  • Nurse faces felony count for alleged abuse of nursing home resident

  • The Butler County Attorney announced today that his office has filed one felony count against a worker suspected of abusing an Andover nursing home resident in September of 2013.
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  • The Butler County Attorney announced today that his office has filed one felony count against a worker suspected of abusing an Andover nursing home resident in September of 2013.
    County Attorney Darrin Devinney said that Geofrey Nyangweso is scheduled to appear in court June 16 to face the charge of abusing a dependent adult.
    Devinney said Nyangweso was identified as the nurse in a clandestine video that showed an elderly female resident of the nursing home, which is called Victoria Falls, being lifted from a wheelchair, dropped to the floor and left alone in the dark.
    The woman can be heard on the video pleading for help for almost 45 minutes.
    The incident occurred in early morning hours of Sept. 2, 2013.
    KAKE TV, according to station’s website, planned on airing portions of the video during its 10 p.m. news program today.
    “A lot of pots are boiling on this,” Devinney said. “I’m hoping the situation is not as bad as I think it is, but there’s definitely some more poking around to do. People will be held accountable for their actions.”
    He declined to say if other Victoria Falls workers might be charged.
    The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services last week announced that the nursing home had been fined at least $155,800 for failing to protect residents from abusive workers.
    The announcement followed the release of a 150-page report, citing the nursing home for poor care, poor recordkeeping, being understaffed, not performing background checks on prospective employees, not doing enough to investigate reports of suspected abuse and neglect, not doing enough to ensure residents’ dignity, not doing enough to keep track of residents’ personal funds, and not doing enough to prevent cuts and bruises.
    The $155,800 fine is thought to be the largest levied against a Kansas nursing home.
    The fine, imposed by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, represents an $8,200-per-day penalty for each day – March 26 through April 13 – that Victoria Falls was found to be out of compliance with state and federal safety standards. An additional $1,000 fine is being levied for each day the facility remains out of compliance after April 13.
    Victoria Falls, which has about 60 residents, is owned and operated by Watercrest Communities and DB Consulting, Andover-based companies that are owned by Dennis and Debbie Bush.
    According to the Watercrest Communities website, the company also owns Victoria Falls Assisted Living in Andover; Carrington at Cherry Creek, an assisted living facility in Wichita; and Carrington Health Center, a residential health care facility in Wichita.
    The Bushes have the right to appeal the findings and the fines.
    Page 2 of 2 - Neither the Bushes nor the Kansas State Board of Nursing responded to calls seeking comment Monday.
    But in an earlier statement following the announcement of the fines, Dennis Bush said the company was cooperating with KDADS and law enforcement officials “…in regards to an allegation of abuse that occurred in 2013. Victoria Falls has taken appropriate measures to ensure the safety of residents, including termination and suspension of involved staff. Unfortunately we are not at liberty to say any more due to federal disclosure laws.”
    He also met with reporters today at the nursing home and made statements without taking questions.
    “We are pleased to let you know that our plan of correction has been accepted by KDADS and has been implemented,” according to the Butler County Times Gazette. “When notified about alleged incidents in March of 2014,...we immediately took action and one employee was terminated. During the KDADS investigation, two other employees were placed on suspension in April of 2014. To the best of our knowledge, no charges have been filed against any of these individuals.”

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