Court grants ‘do-over’ to nursing chief



Associated Press

MONTPELIER -- The Vermont Supreme Court on Friday reversed some, but not all, findings of unprofessional conduct by the former chief of a Ludlow nursing home, and ruled the five-year license suspension she got was too severe.

Leslie Anne Whittington, who served as administrator of the Gill Odd Fellows Home in Ludlow from 2006 to 2010, was issued the suspension by a state administrative law officer, who found she had acted unprofessionally in six instances.

The court found that three of those instances didn’t warrant findings of unprofessional conduct. It noted the state Office of Professional Regulation had recommended just a one-year suspension for all six and it returned the matter to the Superior Court with instructions to send it back to the administrative law officer for a do-over.

The administrative judge had found Whittington on multiple instances went, in the Supreme Court’s words, "beyond her scope of ability and training" by interfering with other professionals in the diagnoses and treatment orders for patients.

The court reversed the finding that Whittington had improperly voiced her disagreement with a doctor’s order that a dying patient’s medication be discontinued.

But in other instances, Whittington did cross the line, the court found.


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