Boston 25 News obtained a letter sent out to residents, their families and staff members at Lutheran Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center in Worcester discussing what they are calling “an isolated incident.”  The alleged isolated incident is the tragic and wrongful death of a resident under suspicious circumstances.  As a nursing home attorney for over 20 years, we can smell a rat.

The incident in question involves a certified nursing assistant and one resident dead. A state investigation is underway.

The facility released a meaningless statement that omitted any key facts:

“The resident was injured and sadly passed away the following day at the hospital. As a result of this unfortunate event, Lutheran is the subject of various enforcement actions and additional review by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.”

The center’s administrator, Ziad Baroody, declined to go in front of a camera, but sat down with Boston 25 News to answer some questions.

While Baroody could not comment on the specifics of the incident, he confirmed the nursing assistant involved is no longer employed by Lutheran and the rest of their staff has undergone additional training and new safety measures related to the incident have been implemented. The type of training was not mentioned.

In a statement, a DPH spokesperson said that after the serious incident on Sept. 15 they “immediately conducted an unannounced onsite inspection to ensure the health and safety of residents, imposed a freeze on admissions and continues to work with the nursing home on a corrective action plan to address identified deficiencies.”


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