Vt. court: State too tough on nursing home chief

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court has reversed some, but not all, findings of unprofessional conduct by the former chief of a Ludlow nursing home, and has ruled the five-year license suspension she got was too tough.

Leslie Anne Whittington was issued the suspension by a state administrative law officer who found she intervened in patient care decisions beyond what her training should have allowed.

The court found unprofessional conduct in one case where that was alleged, but not in another.

Whittington also was accused of treating staff at the Gill Odd Fellows Home in Ludlow too harshly, and of mishandling things like supplies and staff schedules.

The court said those things did not constitute unprofessional conduct under state law. It called for a redetermination of the appropriate penalty.

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