PENDER — A nursing facility here has announced plans to close later this spring.
The Legacy Garden Rehabilitation & Living Center in Pender recently announced that it will be closing on Saturday, May 14, after exhausting all efforts to keep the facility open.
“We are extremely saddened to be closing the doors of our rehabilitation and long-term living facility, operated by the Pender Community Hospital District,” said Mike Minert, chairman of the district’s board of directors. Pender Community Hospital and Pender Care Center District Council. Directors.
Minert said the healthcare staffing crisis has deeply affected the organization.
“We have reached a point where we may not be able to provide the quality of care our residents deserve with the number of staff we have,” he said. “The safety of our residents is our primary concern and will continue to be as we navigate this transition.”
The Legacy Garden Rehabilitation & Living Center has been providing care to community members for over 50 years in its current facilities. The closure is one of many across the country resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, he said.
Over the next 60 days, staff will assist the 18 residents and their families as they transition to the specialty care facilities of their choice, as part of the closure plan with the State of Nebraska.
Minert said Legacy Garden’s 15 full-time and part-time staff have been asked to continue working and will receive their current salaries during the transition period. He also encouraged them to review and apply for current job openings at Pender Community Hospital.
“Staff who continue to carry out their duties successfully throughout the transition will be supported in a number of ways, including severance/living allowance,” he said.
Minert said he is grateful to the staff at the facility for the sacrifices that have been made and the commitment they have shown to the residents.
“They have had such a lasting impact on our residents and their quality of life,” Minert said.