Michael Owens has a follow up article to his recent articles about how NHC cover uped and protected a sexual predator and allowed him to continue working in the health care field despite being required by law to report abuse. This is a fascinating story that needs to be told. It is a perfect example of how corporate greed conflicts with quality care of nursing home residents. Obviously, Mr. Wright will go to jail but so should the Administrator and Director of Nursing who let this predator roam the halls of nursing homes. It will be interesting to see if law enforcement and regulatory agencies do anything about this tragic case.
The article explains that the DON Anne Franklin not only ignored four National Healthcare Bristol nursing home employees who filed written accusations that Wright was sexually assaulting patients but actually threw at least two of those complaints into a trash can. Was this a cover up or just the corporate policy so there wouldn’t be a paper trail?
Luckily, CNA Cynthia Aldrich, lashed out in a fit of frustration at the nursing home’s on-call doctor, urging him to do something. More than a month later, James W. Wright would leave the nursing home, but not before one more nurse complained to supervisors that she twice caught him sexually abusing a blind woman patient.