Office of the Attorney General
Hazard Nursing Home and Administrator Charged with Failure to Report Abuse

Press Release Date:  Friday, August 06, 2010  
Contact Information:  Allison Gardner Martin
Communications Director
502-696-5651 (office)

Attorney General Jack Conway today announced that Hazard Nursing Home Inc. and its administrator, 61-year-old Sheila Noe of Hazard were charged with failure to report suspected abuse pursuant to KRS 209.030.

It is alleged that Noe, acting as the administrator and on behalf of the corporation, was made aware of the suspected sexual abuse of a patient by another patient on August 8, 2009, and failed to report the suspected abuse to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services as required by KRS 209.030. Failure to report is a Class B Misdemeanor.

"Protecting Kentuckians from elder abuse has been and continues to be a top priority," Attorney General Conway said. "It is my hope that today’s charges send a message to nursing home operators and administrators that they have an obligation to notify authorities if a resident is abused while in their care."

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services conducted an inspection in May of 2010 after becoming aware of the allegations, which led to the facility receiving a regulatory Type A citation. Investigators from the Office of the Attorney General’s Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control received the citation and initiated a criminal investigation.

Summonses were issued for both Noe and the registered agent for Hazard Nursing Home Inc. to appear in Perry District Court on September 13, 2010 at 9 a.m.

A criminal charge is an allegation only. All defendants are innocent until proven guilty.