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Nursing home official charged with neglect

Thu., Feb. 15, 2007

CHESTER, Pa. – The former nursing director of an assisted-living facility was accused of neglecting a patient’s head wound for so long that it filled with maggots, and of trying to conceal the poor care by altering records.

Authorities on Tuesday charged Donna Marie Cameron, 39, of Aston, with criminal neglect, perjury and tampering with records at St. James Retirement and Rehabilitation Center in Chester, a Philadelphia suburb.

State regulators shut down the facility last year, citing unsanitary conditions and alleged mistreatment of patients.

According to prosecutors, Cameron neglected a deep head wound suffered by a 72-year-old patient in June. In September, the woman was taken to a hospital emergency room where nurses found more than 50 maggots in the wound.

The woman recovered and now lives in another assisted-living home.

Cameron tried to hide the neglect by altering medical charts to falsely state that workers had treated the wound with antibiotic ointment and changed dressings, authorities said.


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