Cooperstown Nursing Home Officials Guilty in Endangerment Case
The former operators of an Otsego County nursing home have admitted to endangering the welfare of a 94-year-old patient.
Prosecutors say Joseph Zupnik and Daniel Herman entered guilty pleas Wednesday in Otsego town court.
Zupnik was the corporate owner of Focus Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Cooperstown. Herman was a top manager of the facility.
The two had been accused in connection with the case of a woman who was left in a recliner for 41 hours in a common area without adequate care.
According to the New York State Attorney General's office, Zupnik and Herman pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person. They are scheduled to be sentenced October 10.
Four nursing home employees previously had been convicted in connection with the neglect case.
A state investigation indicated Zupnik and Herman had slashed staffing and reduced supplies which were needed to provide adequate care to 174 residents of the nursing home.
The facility had been owned by Otsego County until its sale in October 2014.The nursing home is now operating under new ownership and management.
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