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Unbolted closet causes death

Published on November 17th, 2008

Newsday had an article about a 90-year-old Roman Catholic nun who died after an unbolted closet fell on her head at a nursing home. Rockland County, which runs the Westchester County home, was fined more than $17,000 by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.  The Summit Park Hospital and Nursing Care Center faces additional state penalties in the Aug. 31 incident.

The nun was found conscious but bleeding profusely from her forehead, face and left eye after the free-standing wardrobe fell on her.  She was taken first to a nearby hospital and later transferred to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, where she died. Her name was not released.

How could this happen?  Who was supposed to be watching her?  Why would they have a wardrobe closet unbolted or free-standing? 

Joe Pioletti
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