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Nursing home employees fight for their job

Rochester, N.Y. - Employees at a local nursing home are speaking out - hoping to keep their jobs.

The state is threatening to close the doors of Blossom South Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after continuing to find violations there.

Director of nursing Misty O'Hara started working at the facility in March.

OHara feels the complaints from the state are unwarranted.

Since I've gotten here we're provided more education for the staff, we've improved the building as we go, we've added more staff we have more RN coverage, explained OHara.

The nursing director and staff say the over 160 employees at blossom south have been improving the facility and patient care.

In August, state and federal inspections found 20 violations including mistakes with medications -- and some minor safety hazards.

69-year-old Barbara Maxwell, who has been a resident for a year and a half, said the place could be a little cleaner but overall she has had a good experience.

My care has been excellent I've had no problems with care, said Maxwell. All the aids have been kind and gentle, the nurses they're very nice.

Resident Dawn Peterson disagrees she said the facility is dirty, the roof leaks in the cafeteria and the care is poor.

A lot of people don't do their damn jobs around here people don't want to come into work they act like they don't want to take care of residents, said Peterson.

Government inspectors say Blossom South has had two years to clean up its conditions and has failed.

They want the right to cut off Medicare and Medicaid funding.

Its up to a judge to decide.

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Washington Times