Statement Regarding Bishop Charles Waldo MacLean Episcopal Nursing Home

The following statement has been issued by State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H., in response to questions about the recent death of a resident at Bishop Charles Waldo MacLean Episcopal Nursing Home and the department's ongoing investigation:

"Like all New Yorker's our elderly residents deserve the very best protections under the law and we are deeply committed to ensuring that we do everything in our power to protect them from potential abuse, mistreatment and neglect. This incident is tragic and disturbing. It is our priority to determine what happened to the resident and how it happened. Our team of inspectors is already on-site at the home and we will continue to have a visible presence at the home until the investigation is completed. If any violations are identified, we will take swift and appropriate action to ensure that residents are safe."