Fine recommended for nursing home where patient died

Angela Almore
August 11, 2010 5:00:42 PM PDT
North Carolina regulators announced Wednesday that they plan to fine a Chapel Hill nursing home where a nurse is accused of overmedicating patients with morphine.

NC Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Jim Jones said DHHS is recommending a $20,000 fine for Britthaven nursing home on Legion Road - the maximum allowed by federal law.

Former registered nurse and former Britthaven employee Angela Almore is charged with one count of second-degree murder and six counts of felony patient abuse for her alleged care of patients at the facility.

Investigators say Almore over medicated seven patients with morphine. Prosecutors have said the motive was likely to make patients more manageable.

Investigators say 84-year-old Rachel Alice Smith Holliday - a Britthaven patient - died in February. The cause of death was listed as pneumonia due to morphine toxicity.

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