Residents moved out of Crestview, job fair coming to Milford
Crestview Care Center in Milford is all but closed, with no residents remaining at the center as of Oct. 9.
In Utica, six residents were still living at the Azria Health Utica care center as of Oct. 7, with three more expected to move this week.
Jonathan Jank, president of the Seward County Chamber and Development Partnership, gave an update on the closures at a Milford Chamber of Commerce meeting Oct. 10.
“It was really a gut-punch for us as a community, as a county,” Jank said.
The care centers were bought in mid-September by Azria Health, which announced Sept. 23 that it would close four Nebraska nursing facilities on Nov. 21, displacing about 240 employees and just over 200 residents in Milford, Utica, Blue Hill and Columbus.
That closing date, though, may come more than a month sooner if the centers are no longer housing residents.
“It went much more quickly than we ever expected,” Jank said, adding that only management is left working at Crestview.
No residents to care for means no work for cooks, nursing aides, housekeeping staff or others, whose hours have been cut or positions eliminated.
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Help church tie blankets: Trinity Lutheran Church in Cordova is hosting a morning of tying blankets Sunday, Oct. 13, starting at 11 a.m. Worship will be in the community center with coffee and doughnuts before the blanket tying begins.
Trash or Treasure with Tom Bassett: Seward Memorial Library will host appraiser and speaker Tom Bassett on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 1:30 p.m. If you have something for Bassett to examine (limit one per person), bring it to him by 1:15 p.m. that day. The program will be over by 3:30 p.m. (or earlier if the number of items warrant). Photos of larger items can be shared as well.