Skoufis calls for stricter scrutiny from Health Dept.

GOSHEN (Times Herald-Record) – The state Health Department told regulators in 2016 that the owners of a half-dozen deeply
troubled nursing homes had no “character and competence” issues, allowing them to buy four former mid-Hudson Elant Inc. nursing homes that are now laden with complaints.

On the DOH’s recommendation, the Public Health and Health Planning Council, which votes on nursing-home licensure, permitted companies owned primarily by Richard Aryeh Platschek, Machla Solomon Abramczyk and Robert Schuck to buy the former Elant nursing homes. Now the Goshen home, renamed Sapphire at Goshen, is following a state-ordered corrective action plan
because of short-staffing that endangered residents, according to the DOH. Continue reading.