30 January 2010
The News Virginian

A former Avanté employee charges in a federal lawsuit she was fired for reporting that a supervisor directed nurses to falsely claim they tried to revive a dead resident.

Patricia Ann Patterson, a former human resources manager at the Waynesboro assisted living facility, states in the eight-page complaint that two nurses approached her about the incident five days after Irene Campbell died.

The nurses discovered Campbell on Dec. 13, 2008, according to the complaint. When they called Assistant Nursing Director Shelby Noel to pronounce the death, they were instructed by Noel to alter Campbell’s medical record to show they tried to resuscitate her for 15 minutes, the complaint states.

Campbell was classified as a full-code patient, “meaning ... attending health care providers were charged with performing CPR upon her should she become unconscious,” according to the complaint.

Patterson advised the nurses to report the unethical conduct to Avanté’s corporate ethics line and provided them with the telephone number, the lawsuit states. Patterson also called Avanté corporate headquarters to personally report what she heard.

She was fired the next day.

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