NYC Hospital Suspected in Death Cover- Up
In a report released by the New York Department of Investigation, staffers at a Brooklyn hospital were accused of falsifying medical records and lying to authorities in an attempt to cover up the neglect of a patient who died on the waiting room floor.
According to the report, Esmin Green, 49, was left sprawled on the emergency room floor for nearly 24 hours when she collapsed from a blood clot. After Green died, a senior nurse at the hospital made three false entries in Green’s medical records to make it appear as though she had been checking on the patient regularly. In actuality, Green had been ignored which was evidenced by a security camera capturing footage of her collapse and slow death. The nurse subsequently admitted that she fabricated entries into Green’s medical records because she was afraid of losing her job.
The city, which owns and operates the hospital, has settled a wrongful death lawsuit with Green’s family for $2 million. However, Green’s family and relative stated that they hope the investigative report will lead to a criminal prosecution.
A spokesman for Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said the office is reviewing the report, but declined to comment on whether criminal charges will ensue.