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Odd Fellows Home employee is fired

WALLA WALLA, Washington – New information has been released regarding the investigation into allegations of criminal mistreatment of an elderly woman at the Washington Odd Fellows Home.

“We have terminated one employee for a violation of policy and standards,” CEO John Brigham said.  “We have not been contacted by the police; however we are required to report certain incidents to the police and state regulatory agencies for their investigation.”

Brigham did not offer any further details on the specifics of the termination or the investigation.

Earlier this month, the Walla Walla Police Department was contacted to investigate after an 85-year-old resident was transported to Providence St. Mary Medical Center for care.  According to Sgt. Kevin Braman of the WWPD, that’s when hospital staff noticed injuries and reported them. Staff also notified the lead personnel at the Washington Odd Fellows Home.

Details regarding the woman’s injuries were not disclosed; however Braman said the woman did return to the Odd Fellows Home.

The case has been sent to the Washington State Department of Health. Referrals were also made by the Washington Odd Fellows Home to Adult Protective Services and the Washington State Medical Licensing Board.

The Washington Odd Fellows Home offers independent apartments, assisted living, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation services all on one campus. The part of the facility the victim lives in has not been disclosed.

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