By: David K. Smith, CNNMoney EditorWestchester Nursing Home Careers Director Jennifer A. Puhl, a longtime resident of the nursing home’s complex in Manhattan, was on the verge of leaving in September.
But she said she did not want to go back.
Instead, she said, she wanted to explore other options.
The Westchester Nursing home, known locally as “the Lighthouse,” has been plagued by chronic and deadly respiratory problems for decades.
Puhl said she is still waiting for her first diagnosis, but her symptoms have worsened since then.
She said she now suffers from frequent bouts of pneumonia and other respiratory issues that could lead to death.
“My wife and I are trying to figure out how we’re going to pay for it and keep going to work,” she said.
Pulmonary embolism is a rare condition that can lead to paralysis and death.
Puerto Rican medical officials have said they believe at least 40 people have died of pulmonary embolisms in the United States since 2009.
Puyal, a nurse at Westchester, said she also suffers from pulmonary emboli and was told that she would have to leave by the end of the month.
She’s now trying to find another nursing home in the area.
“It is not a choice for me to leave.
We are very fortunate,” she wrote in an email.”
The nurses here have worked tirelessly for many years to make the Westchester community better, and I know we have the support of the community to continue this work.
But I will be moving on and moving forward with other options,” Puyal added.
Puzon said she’s considering a transfer from another nursing facility, but will decide soon on her next option.
“I am very concerned about what’s happening to my health and safety,” she added.
“I am not sure where I will go next, but I will always be a nurse and a family.”
Puzor said she will continue working at the Westbury nursing home and has no plans to leave anytime soon.