A former executive for NuHealth, which runs publicly funded health care facilities in Nassau County, is expected to be arraigned Friday on criminal charges connected to his work at its Uniondale nursing home, sources said.
A grand jury indictment will be unsealed in a Mineola court that accuses Larry Slatky, NuHealth's former executive vice president of operations, of alleged procurement irregularities at the publicly financed facility, according to sources with knowledge of the case.
The sources said Slatky will be charged with two misdemeanors stemming from his involvement with a laundry contract for A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility. At least one local legislator had credited Slatky with helping to turn the facility around.
Slatky, 64, of Cold Spring Harbor, declined to comment Thursday when asked about the impending criminal charges. The office of Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice, which will be prosecuting the case, also declined to comment.
In 2004, the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. attorney's office cited the nursing home, saying it violated residents' civil rights by providing inadequate care.
In 2006, the facility entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Justice Department that outlined changes needed by the end of 2009 -- conditions the facility met ahead of the deadline.
Slatky became head of that facility soon after the Justice Department probe started, and in 2008, attributed its improvement to aid and expertise from the government agency and its health care consultants.
He supervised the reduction of the nursing home's beds, and also ordered the revamping of its dietary department, construction of a new physical therapy unit and room renovations.
Slatky later became responsible for supervising daily operations at all of NuHealth's facilities, which include Nassau University Medical Center and several clinics that serve the poor.
The health system is a $545 million public benefit corporation.