MINDEN, Neb. — Growing financial pressure has caused officials to shut down a nursing home and assisted living facility in south-central Nebraska.

Kearney County Health Services will close its Hinterlong Living assisted living and Countryside Living nursing home facilities at the end of April, the Hastings Tribune reported . The move will displace 32 people and affect about 50 employees.

The facilities have been struggling financially because their services aren’t covered by Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement policies, officials said. Declining resident occupancy and increasing contract labor costs also contributed to the facilities’ operating losses last year.

“From an operations perspective we run in the red on those two departments substantially to the point where in the last five years they’ve been continually, gradually worse losses,” said KCHS CEO Luke Poore.

The KCHS Board of Trustees voted to close the facilities last month after being alerted by auditors in August that they needed to review the facilities’ long-term viability.

Bethany Home is another Minden nursing home facility that is helping find housing options for displaced residents.

“Luke called and said, ‘What beds do you have available?’ We told him how many beds we had, and so we’ve been working closely with the hospital as far as transferring residents,” said Bob Tank, Bethany Home’s administrator. “We’ll be able to take most of them; probably 95 percent of the residents that were over there we’ll be able to take by the end of April.”

The church-affiliated private nonprofit has also been working with KCHS employees looking to remain local. The nursing home has about a dozen positions to fill.

KCHS also operates a hospital and medical clinic, which will remain open.


Information from: Hastings Tribune, http://www.hastingstribune.com