Nurse threw out patients’ medications, police allege

As a licensed practical nurse at Sycamore Manor Health Center, Jessica Ann Hoskavich’s main responsibilities included administering medications to the nursing home’s patients.

However, the 23-year-old DuBoistown woman allegedly failed to administer more than 150 medications to 17 patients on numerous occasions during one three-week period alone in April 2012, according state Trooper Jeffrey A. Vilello.

Investigators suspect that instead of giving the medications to the patients, Hoskavich simply threw them out in shredder bins and then falsely “documented the victim’s medical records (to read) that she issued the medications to the residents as required,” Vilello alleged in an affidavit.

Sycamore Manor is on Sycamore Drive in Loyalsock Township.

In late April 2012, the staff discovered “numerous (individual) pill packets containing residents’ medications in shredder bins,” Vilello said.

It later was determined that Hoskavich “failed to administer 155 medications to 17 patients” a total of 76 times during that month, the investigator said.

“All the victims suffered with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other forms of mental illness,” Vilello said.

Hoskavich, of 329 Valley St., is no longer employed at the nursing home.

She turned herself in last week at the office of District Judge Gary A. Whiteman to face 17 misdemeanor counts of tampering with public records and was released on $15,000 bail.