Nurse Aide Charged With Striking Two Patients At Lewis County Nursing Home

Attorney General Spitzer today announced that a Certified Nurse Aide, formerly employed at the Lewis County General Hospital Residential Health Care Facility, has been charged with two incidents of physically abusing elderly and incompetent residents under her care.

Appearing on September 26, 2005, before Judge John J. Youngs in the Town of Lowville Justice Court, Catherine Compo, 54, of 7513 North Street, Port Leyden, was charged with two counts of Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person and two counts of Wilful Violation of Health Laws arising from incidents in April and June 2005. The charges allege that Ms. Compo yanked one resident up by the back of the neck to a sitting position and slapped him on the face, causing him to fall back on his bed; and that she struck a second patient on the top of the head while he was sitting in his wheelchair and washed his head roughly with a washcloth.

The case was adjourned to October 17, 2005.

Compo worked at the Lewis County General Hospital Residential Health Care Facility, located at 7785 North Street, Lowville from November 10, 2003 to June 8, 2005, when she was terminated from employment due to the conduct charged in this case.

The charges against Compo are merely accusations, and she is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Attorney General Spitzer thanked the administration of the Lewis County General Hospital Residential Health Care Facility and its staff for their cooperation and assistance in the investigation.

Special Assistant Attorney General Norman Hatt, of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit’s Syracuse Regional Office, is prosecuting the case. Assisting in the investigation is Special Investigator Christopher Burns.