Sevier Co. nursing home employee fired for inappropriate picture

Sevier County nursing home employee fired after inappropriate picture surfaces

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The Sevier County Health Care Center is under fire after a former employee took an inappropriate picture and posted it to Facebook. The Sevier County Health Care Center is under fire after a former employee took an inappropriate picture and posted it to Facebook.
A picture surfaced on Facebook of a nursing assistant posing inappropriately in a patient room. A picture surfaced on Facebook of a nursing assistant posing inappropriately in a patient room.
Garry Cate says a wreath in the top left of the picture shows it is his aunt's room. Garry Cate says a wreath in the top left of the picture shows it is his aunt's room.
Nursing home Administrator Bryan Atchley says the employee in question was fired on the spot. Nursing home Administrator Bryan Atchley says the employee in question was fired on the spot.

By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - A Sevier County nursing home is under fire after a former employee took an inappropriate picture and posted it to Facebook.

The Sevier County Health Care Center employee was fired, but a relative of a woman staying there contacted 6 News concerned that not enough disciplinary action was being taken.

The nursing home administrator says they fired that employee, but he also says no legal action was taken because there is no evidence any patients were actually in the room when the picture was taken.

The concerned relative, Garry Cate, says what he wants to know is who took the picture and why was that person not reprimanded.

Cate says his 94-year-old aunt has been living at Sevier County Health Care Center for two years, but recently he has been concerned.

"She's been crying a lot lately. She's been depressed, and there seems to be a lot of problems with the help in that particular wing," he said.

A picture surfaced on Facebook of a nursing assistant posing inappropriately in a patient room.

Cate says a wreath in the top left of the picture shows it is his aunt's room.

Nursing home Administrator Bryan Atchley says the employee in question was fired on the spot.

"We have a policy that's pretty simple here. If you take a picture with your camera or your phone, you're fired," he said.

Cate believes someone else took that picture, and whoever that person is needs to face consequences too.

"I do know that the young man was fired, but someone took the pictures and no one else was fired during that time," he said.

Atchley says they have also looked into that.

"There are phones out there that have timers on them. You can set something on the windowsill and take your own picture, but we tried to find out and I can't go around accusing people that I can't prove it," said Atchley.

Cate says another issue is that he believes his aunt was laying in the bed when the picture was taken, but Atchley says that is not the case.

He says what could look like a person's legs is actually a style of mattress they use with raised sides that keeps patients from rolling out.

"Had there been a patient in that picture we'd have gone a whole lot further because he could have possibly lost his license," he said.

Atchley says as far as he is concerned there is nothing else they can do, but Cate is still waiting for answers.

Atchley says state officials were brought in and agreed that no legal action could be taken against the employee.

Cate says he has not moved his aunt because she has dementia and he is afraid the move would be even more traumatic for her.

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