Heather Pressdee killed 2 patients, poisoned 3rd, cops say

Heather Pressdee, a nurse, allegedly poisoned three patients with insulin, killing two of them, authorities said. (Mugshot: Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office)

A nurse allegedly gave three patients lethal doses of insulin, killing two, and she claimed she did it intentionally because she wanted to end their suffering, according to Pennsylvania authorities.

Heather Pressdee, 40, ‘said she felt bad for their quality of life and had hoped they would just go into a coma and die,’ the complaint about two victims, JB, 55, says. and 83 years old. -old JC She allegedly claimed that the sole survivor, EA, 73, who was in COVID isolation and going through a very difficult time, asked her to kill him.

All three incidents occurred while she was working at Quality Life Services in Chicora. Although she allegedly claimed good intentions, authorities pointed to Pressdee’s unstable work history. Investigators determined that she had a long history since 2018 of “disciplining for abusive behavior towards patients and/or staff”, which led to her being fired or resigning from various institutions:

    • Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Harmarville, where she worked in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from October 2018 to April 2019.
    • Allegheny Valley Hospital, where she worked in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania, from April to September 2019.
    • Platinum Ridge Center for Rehabilitation and Healing, where she worked in Brackenridge, Pennsylvania from September 2019 to January 2020.
    • Orchards of Saxonburg, where she worked in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from February to April 2020.
    • UPMC Passavant-McCandless, where she worked in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from April to October 2020.
    • Concordia at Rebecca Resident, a retirement home, where she worked in Allison Park, Pennsylvania from October 2020 to April 2021.
    • Guardian Healthcare, doing business as BelAir Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, where she worked in Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania from April 2021 to February 2022.
    • Woodhaven Care Center, where she worked in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, from March to May 2022.
    • Quality Life Services, where she worked in Chicora from May to November 2022.
    • First Armstrong Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, where she worked in Kittanning, Pennsylvania, from November to December 2022.
    • Butler, PA: Sunnyview Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, where she worked in Butler, PA, from January to May 2023.

Pressdee was hired as assistant director of nursing at Quality Life and worked from May 23 to November 28, 2022, investigators said. She also stepped in as Acting Director of Nursing while maintaining her other position.

“ADONs/DONs are the facility managers and in charge of all nursing staff and all administrative duties that must be performed to meet all state and federal guidelines,” police said. “In addition, they handle all patient concerns, conduct internal investigations, investigate allegations of abuse and manage nurse scheduling. The ADON and/or DON will provide direct resident care if required due to calls.

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