Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Stumbo Announces Patient Abuse Guilty Plea of Former Cynthiana Nurse Assistant

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 17, 2006  
Contact Information:  Vicki Glass, 502-696-5643 Office  

Attorney General Greg Stumbo announced today that former nurse assistant Marsha Doolin, age 23, has pled guilty to one count of misdemeanor patient abuse in connection with her treatment of an elderly female resident of the Grand Haven Nursing Home in Cynthiana, Kentucky.

As a condition of her guilty plea, Doolin has agreed never to seek, accept, or continue any employment that would involve direct patient care.  She has also agreed never to seek a nurse or nurse assistant license in the future in this state or any other state.

The defendant will be sentenced in Harrison County Circuit Court on June 20, 2006.  She faces a sentence of up to 12 months in jail.

"Today is Kentucky’s 2nd Annual Elder Abuse Awareness Day," said Attorney General Greg Stumbo.  "Today and everyday, patient welfare in nursing homes is a top priority of my office.  Anyone who experiences abuse or suspects that a loved one is being abused is encouraged to call my tip line."

The investigation by Attorney General Stumbo's Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Division was led by Kentucky Bureau of Investigation Agent Rodney Lawrence.  Adrene Commodore, Judy Coopage and other Grand Haven staff assisted in the investigation.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Mary Cartwright.

Suspected Medicaid fraud or patient abuse can be reported by calling the Attorney General’s tip line at 1-877-ABUSE TIP (1-877-228-7384).