2013-02-22 / Top Stories

Suicide Attempt At Belle Harbor Manor

By Dan Guarino

On Monday, February 18th, at 6:41 a.m., according to police sources, a resident of the Belle Harbor Manor Home For Adults on Beach 125th Street jumped from a fourth floor window in an apparent suicide attempt.

The resident, indentified by police as Helen Pietroforte, age 53, was taken to Jamaica Hospital by FDNY EMS. The NYPD reported she suffered fractures to her skull and both legs and was admitted in critical condition.

The Home, located at 209 Beach 125 Street, is a 162 bed assisted living facility.

Residents and staff, displaced after Hurricane Sandy, had just come back to the Home on Thursday, February 14th.

Addressing the incident, Belle Harbor Manor Executive Director Michael Friedman, forwarded the following statement:

“The resident has been with our home without incident since 2008, is (now) in stable condition and recovering in an area hospital. Together with our other residents, she returned to our facility this past Thursday, February 14th, 2013 after being evacuated after Hurricane Sandy.”

Friedman said the family had been notified and the facility would launch a thorough investigation into this incident including a review of the resident’s care at Milestone Residence in Queens whose care Pietroforte had been under for the past three months.

Friedman added that the Belle Harbor Manor is cooperating with the New York City Police Department and the New York State Department of Health. “Our prayers for a speedy recovery are with the resident and her family,” he said.

Addressing another issue, Friedman commented, “Reports of widespread looting at Belle Harbor Manor Home for Adults during our three month absence from the facility are false.” He noted so far the Manor has had only two complaints of missing items and full reimbursement had been made.

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