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June 27, 2013

Company takes over troubled nursing facility

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New management has provided the funds for the last two payrolls to make sure employees’ checks were good and used local banks so employees could cash them in town, Fitzgerald said.

“We have set them up with a major food vendor so they are getting food delivered twice a week,” Fitzgerald said.

They made sure the facility is getting medical supplies delivered again, as well, according to Fitzgerald.

“I feel confident we have the appropriate staff, supplies, food and medicine to take care of residents going forward,” Fitzgerald said.

They’ve also been making other improvements such as installing a new washer, dryer and dishwasher.

Deficiencies noted by DADS during a recent inspection must also be cleared before the change of ownership occurs, something they are working towards, Fitzgerald said.

“There have been some changes in management in the building,” Fitzgerald said. “There will be more changes forthcoming to meet state and federal regulations.”

The new managing company has filled a vacant maintenance director position, replaced the housekeeping supervisor and replaced the social worker with a person licensed to hold the position as required by the state, Fitzgerald said, adding they are also currently interviewing for the position of director of nursing after the former director resigned.

“As far as I’ve seen, the care of residents by nursing staff has been very good,” Fitzgerald said.

“The people that have stayed and done this for the residents should be applauded,” Fitzgerald said, adding that they hope employees continue to stay and help care for those at the facility.

The company hopes to have the ownership request approved by DADS within the month so the sale can be completed at that point.

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