Nurse at Stow facility charged with p...

Nurse at Stow facility charged with patient abuse

There are 33 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Oct 20, 2006, titled Nurse at Stow facility charged with patient abuse. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

A Cuyahoga Falls man who worked as a nurse at the Maison Aine Nursing Home in Stow has been charged with patient abuse and bound over to the Summit County grand jury after a preliminary hearing in Cuyahoga ...

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Mark J Blazick

United States

#1 Oct 24, 2006
From my understanding this patient was very combative. The nursing home wanted to sedate the patient but the patient's family refused. At this point the nursing home should have told the patient's family that the patient would then have to be moved to a VA hospital where they are best at handling combative patients. Instead the nursing home was derelict probably vecause they would lose money if the patient were moved to the VA hospital. Then the incident occured right after that. After Hugh Hively was let go the very next day a female nurse was punched by the same combative patient in the sternum which can be a deadly blow. Then the patient was moved to the VA hospital. This should have been done as soon as the patient's family refused sedation of the patient. If you ask me, the nursing home is at fault here. The nurse, Hugh Hively may have made a bad judgement call but the nursing home had more to gain financially in keeping the combative patient in their care. Hugh Hively had nothing to gain. Where is the justice?
loud mouths

Warren, OH

#2 Oct 25, 2006
Mark J Blazick wrote:
From my understanding this patient was very combative. The nursing home wanted to sedate the patient but the patient's family refused. At this point the nursing home should have told the patient's family that the patient would then have to be moved to a VA hospital where they are best at handling combative patients. Instead the nursing home was derelict probably vecause they would lose money if the patient were moved to the VA hospital. Then the incident occured right after that. After Hugh Hively was let go the very next day a female nurse was punched by the same combative patient in the sternum which can be a deadly blow. Then the patient was moved to the VA hospital. This should have been done as soon as the patient's family refused sedation of the patient. If you ask me, the nursing home is at fault here. The nurse, Hugh Hively may have made a bad judgement call but the nursing home had more to gain financially in keeping the combative patient in their care. Hugh Hively had nothing to gain. Where is the justice?
I have not heard the full report on this matter, but most 83 people are not strong, there minds are not always there.
Nurse Betty

Corry, PA

#3 Oct 28, 2006
I have worked in the nursing field for going on 25 years. Some time in the hospital setting and some in nursing home.

My first hand experience with Alzheimer's patients was not good they may be old and seem fraile but believe me they are not some are stronger than they look. I have seen them throw furnature around like it weighted five pounds.( I couldn't even move it).b I have also seen one 98 lb 80 year old woman break a nursing assistants arm just for trying to get her out of harms way.

I don't know if this man is guilty or not, but listen to both sides of the story before condeming the man. He may have been trying to protect his fellow workers so they wouldn't get hurt and things just got out of hand.
Mary

Land O Lakes, FL

#4 Nov 2, 2006
All combative patients should be given a sllllllow dose of kill- me- quick.
Alzheimer daughter

Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

#5 Feb 13, 2007
Mark J Blazick wrote:
From my understanding this patient was very combative. The nursing home wanted to sedate the patient but the patient's family refused. At this point the nursing home should have told the patient's family that the patient would then have to be moved to a VA hospital where they are best at handling combative patients. Instead the nursing home was derelict probably vecause they would lose money if the patient were moved to the VA hospital. Then the incident occured right after that. After Hugh Hively was let go the very next day a female nurse was punched by the same combative patient in the sternum which can be a deadly blow. Then the patient was moved to the VA hospital. This should have been done as soon as the patient's family refused sedation of the patient. If you ask me, the nursing home is at fault here. The nurse, Hugh Hively may have made a bad judgement call but the nursing home had more to gain financially in keeping the combative patient in their care. Hugh Hively had nothing to gain. Where is the justice?
Somehow, I fail to see any justice in blaming an 83-year-old man weighing in at 160 lbs and standing about 5 1/2 feet tall for a situation where the well-over 6-foot (and over 200 lbs??) nurse (WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO BE TRAINED IN HANDLING ALZHEIMER'S PATIENTS!!) vaulted the nurses' station counter (chest-high) to deal with the man. That seems to be more than a bit of overreaction. Justice? Let's see how you feel when a person you love is placed in a care facility and you can't trust the caregivers! Justice is where people in need of care get it (rather than being sedated to the point of being only semi-conscious) from trained caregivers.
Mark J Blazick

United States

#6 Mar 12, 2007
To put it simply the nurse did not vault any counter. I've seen the nurse and he couldn't vault a 3 foot high counter. The family is at fault for not allowing the patient to be sedated and the nursing home is at fault for not telling the family that the patient without sedation would have to be moved to a veterans hospital. Then the next day the same 83 year old nut case hit a nurse in the sternum, then the nursing home had the patient moved. The hospital was greedy and should have moved the patient, the family was stupid because they should have allowed this pscho to be sedated. Another good nurse bites the dust because of an old psycho and his stupid family and a greedy nursing home. Congrats.
Stow Nursing Home Worker

Lorain, OH

#7 Mar 21, 2007
Mark J. Blazik is a really scary guy. Sounds like the pot calling the kettle black when he calls someone "psycho".

Well, if this nurse is so innocent, then why did he avoid a jury trial and plead GUILTY to two FELONY counts and why did he get sentenced to a one-year prison term for EACH of the two Felony counts today??

Mark J. Blazik should go to Hugh Hively for medical care. They deserve each other. They are both sick, totally sick.
concerned in Akron Ohio

Youngstown, OH

#8 Mar 21, 2007
I work in an industry where I try to educate individuals on the reality of Alzheimers. Most people believe that the person sustains memory loss and the ability to perfom daily activities, but the reality is that some Alzheimer's patients become violent which is physically manifested towards their caregivers or who ever is in their path. It should be pointed out, the nurse did not slap the patient, punch the patient or kick the patient, that would be abuse. He tried to restrain the patient. Something he thought was best in the situation. In respect to how this whole situation has been handled legally, I am sure that the nurse wishes he would have let the patient go beat the crap out of someone, then the nursing home would be liable and facing charges from the prosecuting attorney.
Retired Nurse

Lorain, OH

#9 Mar 22, 2007
I guess "Concerned In Akron Ohio" doesn't feel that lifting someone off of their feet by their neck is abuse? I've been following this story and I can sum it all up in one sentence:

Hugh Hively pleaded guilty to 2 felony counts.

That pretty much says it all for me! If he's so innocent, why did he plead guilty????
anonymous

Wadsworth, OH

#10 Mar 30, 2007
how do you know what happened,were you there? you stated that you have been following this story,the only imformation your receiving is what you get through the media,you always beleive what you read or hear.as for the guilty plea,old man doped up,wheelchair,courtroom,judge, jury get the picture
anonymous

Youngstown, OH

#11 Apr 17, 2007
if it's no problem to take care of people with this illness,then why did you put him in a nursing facitiy so that someone else will do it for you?try working in one before you judge the people who do.
sharon

United States

#12 Apr 25, 2007
Mary wrote:
All combative patients should be given a sllllllow dose of kill- me- quick.
I pray that you are not a caregiver, never have to care for anyone, you sound like a totally heartless individual. My father has Alzheimers and I was very offended by your comment. I am unfortunately also aware that people like you are out there being trusted to take care of our loved ones. NOT MY FAMILY!! I hope you pray you don't ever have to rely on someone to care of you. You reap what you sow.
My father was a humble,gentle,loving,COMPASSIO NATE, hardworking man who did'nt do anything to cause this terrible disease. SHAME ON YOU!!! I hope to forward this message of yours to as many people as I can. Maybe someone should find out if you are taking care of people and could possibly put your thoughts into action.
remark.
Mars Bonfire

United States

#13 May 16, 2007
Hively pleaded guilty because of lack of funds and trying to keep this low profile for his family's sake. I worked in a hospital for 13 years but nit as a caregiver. I have heard plenty of stories on these patients from nurses, doctors and security guards as well as patient families. The main point is why did the nursing home not move this patient to the VA hospital once the family refused sedation? Period. It was a profit motivated detrmination. Hively did not pick the guy up by the neck. All of this could have been avoided if the nursing home would have done the right thing to begin with.
judekt

Herndon, VA

#14 May 18, 2007
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anonymous

Youngstown, OH

#15 Jul 9, 2007
you are right about the money part,the old man hit a nurse the day after this happened,in my opinion,thats assault!.thats when the nursing home decided that they could'nt handle him anymore.moved him to a va hospital were he was medicated.ifv the family would have done this in the first place,mr.hively would still be a nurse today.money talks.
Jake T Austin

Pittsburgh, PA

#16 Jul 11, 2007
you people now me from johnny kapahola back on bored
Nurse in Stow

Corry, PA

#17 Jul 15, 2007
I have been reading all the posts. It is true that you do not see the whole story. I worked with Mr. Hively for many years at another nursing home in Stow. He is one of the most caring individuals I know. He took good care of the residents. I have never seen him angry or raise his voice to a resident.

I do not know what happened in this incident but I can not see Mr. Hively doing this with the thought of hurting the resident.

I also know from working in the nursing home that word gets around and this gentle soul was refused at two other nursing homes in the area do to behaviors.

There is also a memo going around from nursing home to nursing home warning of these combative and mentally impaired residents.

No nursing home wants a law suit. What is the training at the nursing home Mr. Hively worked at? Was there a class on how how to handle combative residents? Like most nursing homes time is money. They don't have time to train people...it's get them hired get them on the floor and hope for the best.

My heart goes out to Mr. Hively's family innocent of any wrong doing they are behind on bills. Going to lose their home if money doesn't state coming in and suffering more than they should.

The victims family whats done is done. Dad had a bump on the head we nailed the bastard that did and their life goes on as normal. So who really is the victim?
Nurse in Stow

Corry, PA

#18 Jul 15, 2007
Stow Nursing Home Worker wrote:
Mark J. Blazik is a really scary guy. Sounds like the pot calling the kettle black when he calls someone "psycho".
Well, if this nurse is so innocent, then why did he avoid a jury trial and plead GUILTY to two FELONY counts and why did he get sentenced to a one-year prison term for EACH of the two Felony counts today??
Mark J. Blazik should go to Hugh Hively for medical care. They deserve each other. They are both sick, totally sick.
I don't know sounds Like Mr. Blazick has his head on straight and either works in the health care field or knows someone who does.
Nurse in Stow

Corry, PA

#19 Jul 15, 2007
loud mouths wrote:
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I have not heard the full report on this matter, but most 83 people are not strong, there minds are not always there.
How could you hear the full report? You getting information from both sides?
lilly in the falls

Corry, PA

#20 Jul 15, 2007
Nurse in Stow wrote:
I have been reading all the posts. It is true that you do not see the whole story. I worked with Mr. Hively for many years at another nursing home in Stow. He is one of the most caring individuals I know. He took good care of the residents. I have never seen him angry or raise his voice to a resident.
I do not know what happened in this incident but I can not see Mr. Hively doing this with the thought of hurting the resident.
I also know from working in the nursing home that word gets around and this gentle soul was refused at two other nursing homes in the area do to behaviors.
There is also a memo going around from nursing home to nursing home warning of these combative and mentally impaired residents.
No nursing home wants a law suit. What is the training at the nursing home Mr. Hively worked at? Was there a class on how how to handle combative residents? Like most nursing homes time is money. They don't have time to train people...it's get them hired get them on the floor and hope for the best.
My heart goes out to Mr. Hively's family innocent of any wrong doing they are behind on bills. Going to lose their home if money doesn't state coming in and suffering more than they should.
The victims family whats done is done. Dad had a bump on the head we nailed the bastard that did and their life goes on as normal. So who really is the victim?
I can really feel for Mr. Hively's family. I too am the wife of a man who spent 1 year in Lorain.

That year was hell! I have four children and my husband was the main bread winner in our family. I have a job but make less than my husband did.

I lost my house and the car. I have such bad credit that I can't get utilities put in my name. What a culture shock! We always paid bills on time and had excellent credit. But after he was sent to prison it all fell apart. I kept it together for about six months after that it was all down hill.
The kids needed clothes for school the car needed repair. The house was in need of some minor repairs.

It just snow balled! And I lost everything! The wonder family we have all said we will help just ask! Never once when I asked did I get help! always promises but nothing else. Then when I lost everything everyone asked why didn't you ask? Hello! I am down $1.000 a month I always needed help.

Thank God when my husband was released the correctional division gave him schooling and was able to help find him a job.

Now we are slowly getting back on our feet.

I pray for the Hively family that they get the help they need before it is too late. And I hope that after Mr. Hively gets out he is able to get a job and slowly get his family back to normal. It will get better!

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