Patricia Alexander, etc., appellant, v. American Medical Response, et al., respondents, et al., defendants.

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Patricia Alexander, etc., appellant, v. American Medical Response, et al., respondents, et al., defendants.

Decided: December 22, 2009

STEVEN W. FISHER, J.P., JOSEPH COVELLO, FRED T. SANTUCCI and RUTH C. BALKIN, JJ. Napoli Bern Ripka, LLP, New York, N.Y. (Denise A. Rubin of counsel), for appellant. Raven & Kolbe, LLP, New York, N.Y. (George S. Kolbe of counsel), for respondent American Medical Response. Wenick & Finger, P.C., New York, N.Y. (Frank J. Wenick and David P. Abatemarco of counsel), for respondents Mid-Island Center for the Aging, Inc., and the Gurwin Jewish Geriatric Center.

In an action to recover damages for personal injuries, the plaintiff appeals, as limited by her brief, from so much of an order of the Supreme Court, Suffolk County (Costello, J.), entered July 29, 2008, as granted that branch of the motion of the defendants American Medical Response and that branch of the cross motion of the defendants Mid-Island Center for the Aging, Inc., and the Gurwin Jewish Geriatric Center which were, in effect, for summary judgment dismissing the complaint insofar as asserted against them.

ORDERED that the order is affirmed insofar as appealed from, with one bill of costs to the respondents appearing separately and filing separate briefs.

The defendant American Medical Response (hereinafter AMR) and the defendants Mid-Island Center for the Aging, Inc., and the Gurwin Jewish Geriatric Center (hereinafter together Gurwin) demonstrated their prima facie entitlement to judgment as a matter of law (see Alvarez v. Prospect Hosp., 68 N.Y.2d 320, 324) by submitting evidence establishing, inter alia, that they satisfied their respective duties “to exercise reasonable care and diligence in safeguarding” the decedent (D'Elia v. Menorah Home & Hosp. for Aged & Infirm, 51 AD3d 848, 850). In opposition, the plaintiff failed to raise a triable issue of fact (see Alvarez v. Prospect Hosp., 68 N.Y.2d at 324). The affidavit of the plaintiff's expert was not probative of the issue of whether AMR and Gurwin satisfied their respective duties to safeguard the decedent (cf. O'Boy v. Motor Coach Indus., Inc., 39 AD3d 512, 513-514; Samuel v. Aroneau, 270 A.D.2d 474, 475). Furthermore, contrary to the plaintiff's contention, her submissions failed to establish, among other things, that AMR's or Gurwin's staff failed to abide by AMR's or Gurwin's internal rules and policies (cf. Kadyszewski v. Ellis Hosp. Assn., 192 A.D.2d 765, 766). Accordingly, the Supreme Court properly granted that branch of AMR's motion and that branch of Gurwin's cross motion which were, in effect, for summary judgment dismissing the complaint insofar as asserted against them.

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