Lawsuit over Insulin Deaths

Heather Pressdee, a registered nurse at Quality Life Services’ nursing home in Pittsburgh, is accused of giving lethal doses of insulin to a beloved father Joseph Campbell on Christmas Day. She is now accused of administering lethal doses of unnecessary medication that resulted in the deaths of two patients and the hospitalization of a third, all in 2022. The charges include two counts of homicide, one count of attempted murder, a count of aggravated assault, three counts of neglect of a care-dependent person, and three counts of reckless endangerment.

Joseph Campbell died after receiving a lethal dose of insulin allegedly administered by Heather Pressdee. She has a history of disciplinary actions at previous employers, McKnight’s Long-Term Care News previously reported.

Pressdee could not keep a job. She worked at 11 healthcare facilities over 11 years, including seven nursing homes. Investigators said Pressdee was disciplined for abusive behavior towards patients and or staff at several nursing homes and facilities since 2018 resulting in her resigning or being terminated.

The family wants answers and filed a Complaint against the nursing home.  The lawsuit says that Quality Life Services failed to supervise Pressdee properly, giving her the opportunity to access and administer drugs to patients to whom the medicine was not prescribed.

“It’s just a terrible situation. Somebody took it upon themselves to decide who gets to live and who gets to die. Certainly not appropriate, and this woman should have never been given the opportunity to do that.”

–Ron Elliott, attorney for Campbell’s family, told WPXI News.