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Patient safety is ‘primary focus.’ Kentucky Baptist hospital discusses ex-nurse accused of abuse

Alvin Buckmaster
Alvin Buckmaster WKYT

Baptist Health Richmond hospital immediately suspended a nurse charged with sexual abuse, and he currently “is no longer employed,” according to a statement released Wednesday.

Alvin Clark Buckmaster, 49, was charged Oct. 3 with sexual abuse of a female at Baptist Health Richmond hospital, according to court records, and Kentucky State Police. The female was a patient, according to WKYT, the Herald-Leader’s reporting partner, and other media.

He was arrested Tuesday, police said. A $10,000 cash bond was set at a Wednesday morning arraignment.

Buckmaster’s conduct with the victim was caught on surveillance cameras numerous times in October, according to WKYT, the Herald-Leader’s reporting partner.

“The safety and security of our patients at Baptist Health Richmond is our number one priority. When we were notified of alleged inappropriate conduct by the nurse,” he was suspended, the hospital said.

“Baptist Health Richmond has fully cooperated with the Kentucky State Police in their investigation.

Buckmaster is scheduled for a preliminary hearing for 9:30 a.m. May 29, according to a court record.

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