Allegations of abuse and a cover-up are part of a 110-page federal report into Maplewood Nursing home in Sauk City. The investigation started after a resident at the nursing home was arrested for sexually assaulting multiple women living at the home.
Galen Malisch, 69, was accused by a Maplewood resident of groping her in May. Malisch is a registered sex offender.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services discovered nine federal violations that were detailed in a report released by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The investigation reveals that staff knew Malisch was on the sex offender registry and that officials at Maplewood attempted to prevent an investigation into his behavior inside the facility.
Maplewood submitted a plan of correction to CMS officials. CMS will now conduct a surprise inspection to see if the nursing home is up to federal standards.
Maplewood’s administrator Paul Fiscus responded to request for comment.
“Given the nature of the situation and resident confidentiality laws, Maplewood cannot discuss the specifics of the matter. Currently, we reviewed and responded to the preliminary findings and will continue to work closely with the department of health services to advance our shared goal of protecting the health and well-being of our residents,” Paul Fiscus, a Maplewood administrator wrote.