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New State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Named

Press Release Date:  Friday, October 14, 2005  
Contact Information:  Vikki Franklin or Beth Crace
(502) 564-6786

Statewide News Release     Contact: Vikki Franklin or Beth Crace
New State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Named
 (Oct. 14, 2005) Charles L. “Larry” Smith has been named Kentucky’s new long-term care ombudsman in the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
A veteran to this line of work, Smith has held numerous leadership posts throughout his career in health care administration. Most recently, he served as a certified ombudsman in the KIPDA region where his duties included advocating for long-term care residents; identifying, investigating and reporting felony-level elder exploitation; and coordinating information and public policy programs.
“Larry brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to the position, which will be of great service to the long-term care residents in the Commonwealth,” said Mike Fields, the Cabinet’s undersecretary for Human Services. “His previous work as a long-term care ombudsman and unique set of skills made him an excellent candidate for this position.”
A graduate of Belmont University, Smith holds a master’s degree in education from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been a certified long-term care ombudsman since June 2004.
Additionally, Smith has served as an educational and behavioral specialist/coordinator for a psychiatric hospital and worked as a graduate school teaching assistant and media producer. He also has worked in church administration and education.
Smith and his wife, Patricia Rhea Yardley, reside in Louisville. They have two adult children.
The federal Older Americans Act (OAA) requires each state to establish an Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman. Ombudsmen are advocates for residents of nursing homes, personal care homes and family care homes.
The state program has been in operation since 1978. 


Last Updated 10/14/2005