Former nurse assistant at Medilodge charged in patient’s death

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A former certified nursing assistant at Medilodge of Richmond has been charged in connection to the death of a patient in 2021.

The Michigan Department of Attorney General announced the charge against 26-year-old Jessica Struhar Monday.

Struhar, of Macomb County, was reportedly accused of ignoring standing orders relating to a 58-year-old patient’s care during mealtimes when she worked as a certified nursing assistant at Medilodge in 2021.

“Her alleged neglect led to a choking incident at the facility, ultimately resulting in the death of the resident,” the news release states.

Investigators also discovered medical records regarding the patient’s care had been falsified.