Wednesday, at the coroner’s inquest on the CHSLD Herron, the former director of this private establishment, Andrei Stanica, assured that he was “oriented towards the well-being of residents” and that this was his priority.
Coroner Géhane Kamel is investigating the deaths of vulnerable seniors during the first wave of COVID-19, particularly in this private unconventional CHSLD.
The CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal landed there on March 29, 2020, after receiving a request for support from the management of Herron, who complained in particular of difficulties in recruiting staff.
CIUSSS executives who arrived on March 29 testified before the coroner of an extremely difficult situation, with dehydrated residents, who had not been fed, who were dirty, in some cases.
Asked about this on Wednesday, Mr. Stanica replied that he had “no information of a problematic situation” around March 27 or 29.
The coroner then intervened to tell him that she personally found it “catastrophic” that vulnerable elderly people had neither drunk nor ate on March 29. “Even the animals are fed,” she told him.