Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Wednesday, June 30, 1999


Action taken against owners of Williamson County nursing home

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced the filing of a lawsuit against Rosewood Nursing Center of Taylor. The suit was filed in Williamson County District Court.

The suit was filed at the request of the Texas Department of Human Services, because of licensing violations found by TDHS during complaint investigations. Those violations endangered the health and safety of residents at Rosewood Nursing Center. TDHS determined that those violations resulted in the sexual abuse of one resident and the death of another resident.

"I have made it a priority in my administration to protect those who can't protect themselves," Cornyn said. "The abuse and neglect of the elderly can not and will not be tolerated. I intend to hold people accountable for their actions, " Cornyn added.

The death was a result of nursing home staff not giving adequate care to a resident experiencing severe constipation, nausea and vomiting. Although the staff checked on the resident, they failed to notify a physician after examining him. The resident died around midnight on April 22, 1998, however the first 911 call was not made by nursing home staff until close to 12:30 a.m. CPR was not administered to the resident until shortly after the 911 call was made.

In the lawsuit against Rosewood Nursing Center, Cornyn asks the court to assess civil penalties against the defendants up to the maximum of $20,000 per day of violation.

Since Attorney General Cornyn took office 12 lawsuits have been filed against nursing homes. The 12 lawsuits took action against a total of 24 separate nursing homes statewide. 16 nursing home cases have also been settled since Cornyn took office.

This case is being handled by Assistant Attorney General Nancy Shellhorse in the Elder Law and Public Health Division of the Office of the Attorney General.