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Nursing Home Administrator Arrested in Neglect of Elderly

Gainesville Sun

By Daniel Smithson

A facility administrator at the Good Samaritan Retirement Home was arrested Tuesday after he failed to notify a nurse of a resident’s declining health, according to a Williston Police Department news release.

Police say the nurse, who was assigned to the resident, told Rhaimley Yap Romero, 31, to inform the nurse if there were any changes in the condition of the resident, who had an outpatient procedure Dec. 7 and had been transported back to Good Samaritan.

The release says on-duty staff — on two separate occasions over the weekend — contacted Romero about the resident’s poor health. Neither time were they given instructions for care nor was the nurse contacted, the release says.

It’s unclear why the staff didn’t contact the nurse themselves or why Romero was left to update the nurse on the resident’s condition.

When Romero returned to work Monday, he told the nurse about the resident’s poor condition. The nurse told Romero to call 911 immediately and have the resident transported to a hospital by ambulance.

Police charged Romero with neglect of the elderly. He is being held in Levy County jail awaiting first appearance.

Romero’s arrest comes after Good Samaritan Retirement home, a 45-bed assisted living facility at 507 SE First Ave., was ordered by the state to stop new admissions.

An investigation found the nursing home had evidence of poor supervision, failed to take necessary emergency action when a woman fell, does not meet minimum staffing standards, does not provide adequate training and demonstrated an inability or failure to provide appropriate care and services to meet residents needs, according to the order by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.

Good Samaritan has been disciplined in the past by the state, according to reports on the agency’s website.

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