Modeline Auguste is mourning her four-year-old daughter Dorcase, the first child to die from the outbreak of adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.
Auguste said she received a call on October 4 that her daughter had a fever and blood in her trachea. She said she told Wanaque staff to send her daughter to hospital but was told that a doctor was coming to see the child at the facility. She said her daughter was sent to the hospital the next evening. She died three days later from complications due to pneumonia.
“If they sent her to the hospital early she wouldn’t pass away,” said Auguste.
Unnamed employees of the Wanaque Center alleged in a recent NJ.com story that senior administrators delayed sending children to hospital so that Medicaid funds would not stop. New Jersey’s Department of Human Services has confirmed that the fee-for-service day rate per patient in the pediatric unit at Wanaque is about $518. It also confirmed that the Wanaque Center would only get paid for the days a patient was in the facility.
Dorcase had lived at the pediatric rehabilitation center for the past two years. Aguste chose it, she explained, because she wanted a place close to her house to be able to visit all the time.
on NJTV News Online, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.