On Aug. 8, 2009, Noe was allegedly made aware of the suspected sexual abuse of a patient by another patient in the Hazard Nursing Home, according to the attorney general's office. She is accused of not reporting the incident to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which is considered a class B misdemeanor.
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services conducted an investigation at the nursing home after they found out about the incident in May 2010, and gave the nursing home a type A citation. This citation was sent to the Office of the Attorney General’s Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control who then conducted a criminal investigation of the facility.
In a press release issued by the Attorney General’s Office, Conway said that protecting elder Kentuckians from abuse is a top priority.
“It is my hope that today’s (Aug. 5) 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,” Conway said.
Eddie Woodruff, a spokesman for the Hazard Nursing Home, could not be reached by the Hazard Herald for comment Friday morning. However, in a Lexington Herald-Leader article about this case published on their website on Friday, Woodruff said he had not yet seen the charges and could not comment on them.
Both Noe and the registered agent for Hazard Nursing Home, Inc. are scheduled to appear in Perry County District Court on Sep. 13 at 9 a.m.