Office of the Attorney General
Former Frankfort Nurse Indicted for Neglect of Nursing Home Resident

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, July 06, 2010  
Revision Date:  Tuesday, July 06, 2010 
  (Updated with correct name of nursing home.)  
Contact Information:  Allison Gardner Martin
Communications Director
502-696-5651 (office)

Attorney General Jack Conway today announced the indictment of 46-year-old Elizabeth Elaine Royse, a former nurse at Golden Living Center in Frankfort, Ky. Royse, formerly of Frankfort, was indicted for knowing neglect of an adult under KRS 209.990(2) in connection with the neglect of a resident at Golden Living in December of 2007.

The indictment was handed down by a Franklin County grand jury on June 30, 2010. It is alleged that Royse knew that the resident was at risk for dehydration and she knowingly neglected to execute a number of her duties - including following through with various orders, monitoring the resident's fluid intake, and adequately supervising the nursing assistants. This neglect led to the resident becoming very dehydrated and hospitalized.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services conducted a survey in 2007, which led to the facility receiving a regulatory Type A citation. An investigator from General Conway's Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control investigated the criminal case. The defendant's bond was set at $20,000 by the Franklin Circuit Court. Her arraignment is set for July 23, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. in Franklin Circuit Court, Division II.

Prosecutors from the Attorney General's Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control are handling the prosecution of this case.

An indictment is an allegation only. All defendants are innocent until proven guilty.