Three Face Charges in Patient Death Case in Ohio

In an environment where things can get hectic, such as in a hospital or a nursing home, mistakes can happen. The wrong medicine can be given out, or the right medication in the wrong dose. When it happens, it is generally an accident. However, sometimes, these situations can lead to serious charges, as WKBN 27 reports.

In a 2015 incident, Boardman, Ohio prosecutors say that three nursing home employees are facing charges related to the death of a patient.

The incident occurred at Greenbriar Nursing home in Boardman. The nursing facility, which had been listed on a “worst of the worst” watch list, improved enough to be removed from that list this February.

Assistant Mahoning County Prosecutor Michael McBride alleges that the patient died after receiving the wrong drug. The three involved employees then attempted to treat the overdose on their own.     

28-year-old Johanna Hull has been charged with abusing a patient and tampering with medical records. In addition, Brenda Lamancusa is also charged with patient abuse. A third involved person has not been arrested as of yet, but they are facing charges.

When a complaint about a nursing home death is made, it is investigated by the Attorney General’s office. This particular case involved extensive medical review. Despite being on the watch list, McBride said this is the only criminal abuse case he has handled involving this home in several years.

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