RIVERHEAD - Nine current and former workers at a Medford nursing home have been arraigned in connection with the 2012 death of a patient.
The indictments charge Medford Multicare Center Administrator David Fielding and eight nurses with neglect and falsifying records. According to the indictment, 72-year-old Aurelia Rios died when staff members did not connect her to a ventilator overnight, per her doctor's orders. The nurses allegedly ignored her respirator's alarm for two hours and Fielding allegedly covered up the facts about her death.
Attorneys for the defendants say their clients are not guilty and call Rios' death accidental.
Since 2008, New York has issued 130 violations to the nursing home. Seventeen other nurses have also pleaded guilty to gross patient neglect. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says 5,000 incidents and accidents have been reported at the facility since 2008.