Commission blames ex-medical provider for 3 inmate deaths at Nassau jail

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The former health provider at the Nassau County Jail is blamed in connection with the deaths of three inmates in three scathing new state reports on each of the deaths.

The state Commission of Correction detailed its findings on Armor Correctional Health Facilities in the three reports. The commission found Armor "incapable of providing competent medical care, alleged "gross incompetence" by a doctor, and uncovered a continued "failure and unwillingness" to address the problems.

The state agency says Armor's lack of adequate health care was directly responsible for the deaths of 63-year-old William Satchell, 20-year-old Emanuel McElveen and 62-year-old Michael Cullum.

The report detailing Satchell's case says his death in March 2016 from cardiac arrest was "preventable if not for the shocking level of inadequate medical care and negligence of the medical staff."

The reports on McElveen and Cullum say that the failure of Armor's medical staff to identify, treat and provide adequate follow­-up "contributed to" and "impacted" the health of both inmates.

News 12 spoke with Dorothy Cullum about her brother's death last year. "If they gave him his medication like they should have, he would still be with us right now, but he's not,” she said at the time.

In a statement to News 12, Armor says it disagrees with the reports, calling them "inaccurate" and "incomplete." The company adds, "Armor is proud of the work of its dedicated staff and the standard of excellence in its delivery of service to patients."

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