Providence helping nursing home

Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2002

ANCHORAGE(AP) -- A Seward nursing home cleared a key hurdle Monday when it proved to state regulators that its patients were not in immediate jeopardy.

The state took control of Wesley Rehabilitation and Care Center earlier this month because of repeated patient care problems. The center was at risk of being closed if it could not meet Monday's deadline, said Van Moore, the temporary manager brought in by the state.

A state inspection in March found that patients were losing weight and had untreated infections. The home said it was struggling because of a nursing shortage.

Providence Seward Medical Center is providing nurses and has agreed to serve as short-term manager while a long-term fix is arranged, Moore said.

The city of Seward, Providence and the nursing home are trying to work out a long-term arrangement by a May 9 deadline, he said.

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