No-contest plea for misdemeanor charge

LEWISTOWN — A 63-year-old woman pleaded no-contest to a misdemeanor count before President Judge David Barron Tuesday and was sentenced to probation.

Vickie L. Grove, of McVeytown, pleaded no contest to recklessly endangering another person.

Grove was charged in January with one felony count neglect of care of a dependent person and one misdemeanor count of recklessly endangering another person after reportedly causing severe injuries to an elderly woman for whom she was providing personal care in 2018, court documents indicate. Documents state that, on Oct. 31, Grove was using a Hoyer lift to transport a 77-year-old woman, for whom she was providing in-home personal care via a medical staffing agency. Grove was using the lift to move the woman from one room of the house to another when the woman fell out of the Hoyer sling onto the floor. Grove failed to report the incident to the agency or seek immediate medical attention for the home care consumer.

The woman was taken to J.C. Blair Hospital on Nov. 5, court documents state. Hospital staff reported to the Huntingdon County Area Agency on Aging that the woman suffered a broken femur and deep bruises to her face and right leg. HCAAA contacted Pennsylvania State Police-Lewistown regarding the report, and advised PSP the proper way to use a Hoyer lift, according to court documents. PSP interviewed Grove, who said she was transporting the victim from one room of the house to another when the victim fell out of the Hoyer sling onto the floor and said that she believed one of the loops attached to the harness portion of the lift was not secure during the transport. PSP also reported interviewing members of the medical staffing agency staff, who provided them training documentation showing that Grove received Hoyer lift training in 2015.

Attorney Christopher Wencker, representing Grove, advised Barron that the victim had recently passed away and acknowledged the victim’s family, who were present in the courtroom to show their support for Grove.

Barron sentenced Grove to 12 months probation as well as financial responsibility to pay the costs of prosecution and a $300 fine.

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