Employee Has Been Suspended Pending Investigation
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
Genesis Healthcare , Edmonson Center has released a statement to the Edmonson Voice regarding Melissa C. Howard, (48) of Scottsville, the licensed practical nurse that was arrested on felony drug charges after she was allegedly under the influence at the facility, as published in an earlier story today.
"Over the weekend, we noticed an employee appeared intoxicated and immediately investigated," said Lori Mayer, Spokesperson for Edmonson Center. "We take this issue extremely seriously and have suspended the employee pending further investigation. We have been cooperating fully with the police. We have also fully evaluated all of our patients and residents, and have determined that no one suffered ill effects related to this unfortunate incident."
According to a press release from the Sheriff's Office, nurses on duty had noticed Howard staggering, having slurred speech, and acting impaired. A 100 MG Fentanyl patch had allegedly been found in Howard’s pocket by a fellow nurse. When law enforcement arrived, they allegedly found Howard chewing on the plastic backing of a Fentanyl patch and showed multiple signs of impairment.
Two other Fentanyl patches were found to be in Howard’s possession, and it was discovered that all had allegedly been stolen from patients.
Howard was arrested and charged with: