State Launches Investigation After Nursing Home Employee Attacked by Resident’s Daughter

May 16, 2019

The state Health Department is investigating what prompted the daughter of a Buffalo nursing home resident to attack the administrator of the facility earlier this week, according to an agency spokesman.

Sharon Zeames, the administrator at Safire Rehabilitation of Southtowns, was treated for an apparent neck injury Tuesday at Mercy Hospital, and has not reported back to work as of Thursday.

“Upon learning of this incident, we immediately opened an investigation regarding the quality of care being provided at Safire Rehabilitation of Southtowns,” said Jeffrey Hammond, a spokesman for the Health Department.

Charita N. “Rita” Gossom, 42, of Buffalo, allegedly attacked Zeames during an argument over why the facility had stopped giving her diabetic mother, Maura Radford, insulin injections on Sunday.
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