Virginia Nursing Home Accused of Ignoring Reports of Sexual Abuse for Eight Years

A Virginia medical licensing board has charged the National Health Care-Bristol of ignoring reports of nursing home sexual abuse and discouraging reporting the problem in the first place. The accusations against two current NHC-Bristol staff members and a former nursing director detail a series of assaults attributed in court documents to former nurses aide James Wright. Wright is now awaiting a May 14 sentencing for the aggravated sexual battery of four former NHC-Bristol patients.

In mid-March, the Department of Health Professions mailed complaints to NHC-Bristol Administrator Charlotte Wilson, Nursing Supervisor Helen Roberts and former Nursing Supervisor Elizabeth Anne Franklin, documents show. The staffers have been charged with misconduct charges for ignoring the complaints which they can contests through public informal hearings.

The Administrator, who has an informal hearing slated with the Board of Long-Term Care Administrators on April 20, is accused of failing to investigate reports of sexual assault on 12 patients from 2000 until 2008. She also is accused of neglecting to pass the reports on to the patients’ doctors, or to Adult Protective Services. Wilson also is accused of setting up a chain of command that discouraged reports of abuse. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter,  Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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