BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The New York State Attorney General announced Tuesday that Kaleida Health has reached a settlement following two unrelated incidents at the same Buffalo health care facility: The death of a 16-month-old in 2015, and the neglect of a resident in 2014.
The health care facility in question is the HighPointe on Michigan. Kaleida has agreed to pay $500,000 in restitution, the office announced, as well as undergoing an increase in staffing and supervision.
In 2014, 17 caregivers were arrested and later convicted in the neglect of a resident with Huntington’s Disease.
In 2015, an infant resident died because, according to the AG’s office, they suffocated while left unattended as they were being tube-fed in a high chair.
The AG’s Office states that following its investigation, the facility has hired 40 full-time staff members and instituted a mandate that there is a minimum number of pediatric care staff on the floor at all times.
Kaleida Health released a statement this afternoon regarding the settlement announcement related to HighPointe:
We have been cooperating with the Attorney General’s Office on this matter. The settlement involves cases that occurred upwards of five years ago. As we have said numerous times in the past, these issues are unacceptable and are not tolerated. Safe and reliable care is at the core of all that we do. Our first and foremost concern is the residents that we serve. “As one of the Attorney General’s conditions to this settlement, Kaleida Health neither admits nor denies the Attorney General’s findings. “It is important to note – and the Attorney General’s office points out – that we have made significant changes and investments over the past few years relative to staffing and quality of care. This includes adding more than 75 full-time employees, changing out 85% of management and 60% of our front line staff. Most importantly, we are now rated five stars for our quality. So, despite an extremely challenging environment, we continue to make progress.”