Two staff members of a Florida nursing home arrested on charges of neglect

Last December, two arrests were made concerning nursing home neglect at a Williston, Florida retirement facility, the Good Samaritan. The arrests were made based on accusations of nursing home neglect.

On November 1, Betty Hurst, 72, was wandering around outside the nursing home when Sudeall found her. Earlier that night, Hurst had fallen and struck her head.

Hurst was taken back inside by Sudeall, who allegedly failed to provide first aid care. Six hours later Hurst was found unresponsive. She was transported to UF Health Shands Hospital where she died the following afternoon, police stated.

On December 7, Nenita Alfonso Sudeall, 48, an administrator at the Good Samaritan was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force.

According to Florida law, the liability in the case of nursing home neglect is placed on the facility administrator. The Good Samaritan nursing home is under investigation by the Florida Department of Children, the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and the State Attorney’s Office.

A few days after Sudeall’s arrest, Rhaimley Yap Romero, 31, was also charged with nursing home neglect. Romero replaced Sudeall after her arrest.

A nurse gave Romero specific instructions regarding a resident’s outpatient procedure, telling him to let her know if the resident had any change in health. A staff member contacted Romero twice over the weekend to inform him of the resident’s decreasing condition. Romero allegedly failed to contact the nurse until Monday, when he was back at the nursing home.

The Good Samaritan Retirement Home went under investigation, by the Florida AHCA which reported finding the facility lacking necessary supervision and staffing as well as being unable to provide adequate care for their patients.

The AHCA has fined The Good Samaritan $73,750 for 63 deficits over the last five years. The Good Samaritan holds the most fines out of any facility in the region.