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Woman Sentenced For Nursing Home Abuse

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The former director of a California nursing home has been sentenced to three years in state prison after inappropriately medicating residents to keep them quiet.

Gwen D. Hughes pleaded no contest in October to one felony count of elder abuse with a special allegation that the abuse contributed to the victim’s death. According to the California Department of Justice, Hughes, 59, ordered the Kern Valley Healthcare District’s director of pharmacy to write doctor’s orders for psychotropic medication for 23 patients. Hughes reportedly wanted the prescriptions to keep the residents quiet, the Sacramento Bee wrote.

The drugs were given to residents who were noisy, disruptive, or wandered, many of them suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Investigators determined the drugs hastened three patients’ deaths. All of the residents that were given the drugs suffered adverse events. Kern Valley’s medical director, Dr. Hoshang Pormir, later signed the orders and in July he was sentenced to 300 hours of volunteer service restitution pending conclusion of civil lawsuits, and a requirement to comply with all orders from the state medical board. Pamela Ott, the former chief executive officer of the Kern Valley Health District, was sentenced to three years of formal probation, 300 hours of volunteer service, restitution, and a requirement to comply with the medical board’s orders, the Sacramento Bee said. disclaimer: This article: Woman Sentenced For Nursing Home Abuse was posted on Friday, January 11th, 2013 at 11:00 pm at and is filed under Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuits.

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