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State takes action to protect residents of 2 nursing homes slated for closure

State takes action to protect residents of 2 nursing homes slated for closure

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LINCOLN — An Omaha company was granted a receivership Thursday to take over operation of two nursing homes in Nebraska.

Court orders were entered placing Ainsworth Care Center and Logan Valley Manor in Lyons in receivership with Klaasmeyer & Associates.

According to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, a receivership is a tool that can be used in situations where there’s a need for temporary management of a facility.

Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson had filed court proceedings in Brown and Burt Counties seeking the receiverships. Burt County District Judge John E. Samson and Brown County District Judge Mark D. Kozisek issued the orders.

Klaasmeyer & Associates will take over management and operation of the two homes.

Peterson acted at the request of Courtney Phillips, chief executive officer of HHS, and in coordination with State Sens. Lydia Brasch of Bancroft and Al Davis of Hyannis. The senators’ legislative districts include the two nursing homes.

The nursing homes are owned by Deseret Health Group, based in Bountiful, Utah. HHS was notified April 27 that both nursing homes were closing.

Deseret owns two other nursing homes in Nebraska, in Edgar and Exeter. Both were recently closed.

HHS concluded that receivership was necessary to protect the nursing home residents’ health and welfare.

Deseret has been unable to pay staff and couldn’t ensure the future care of the residents, the department said.

Deseret has been cooperating in the receivership proceedings, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

The Ainsworth center has 24 residents, the Logan Valley Manor has 12.

The Nebraska Department of Labor is working with employees at the two homes and is seeking payroll records from the Utah company.

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