Several South Dakota nursing homes placed into receivership
ABERDEEN (AP) — More than a dozen nursing homes in South Dakota are no longer operated by a New Jersey company officials say didn't pay bills and put seniors at risk.
Eighteen nursing homes and one assisted-living center were placed into receivership Tuesday, the Aberdeen American News reported. Skyline Health Care will no longer oversee the facilities.
A judge has appointed Black Hills Receiver to take over business operations, according to a statement by the South Dakota Department of Health and Human Services.
Court documents reported that seniors at the facilities have recently been at "extreme risk." Skyline cared for an estimated 900 residents across the state, according to Juda Engelmayer, company spokesman.
Debbie Menzenberg, a divisional vice president for Skyline's South Dakota facilities, told the state Health Department that the nursing homes have enough food and supplies to last until Wednesday.
"As of right now everyone is being taken care of," she said. "But we have to move on with the receivership."
The list of area locations affected includes Armour Care and Rehabilitation Center and Salem Care and Rehabilitation Center. The other Skyline centers are located in Arlington, Clark, Groton, Ipswich, Lake Norden, Madison, Milbank, Mobridge, Pierre, Rapid City, Redfield, Sioux Falls, and Watertown.
Two Rapid City facilities haven't paid water bills and the utility is in danger of being shut off, Menzenberg said.
"Bottom line, the South Dakota facilities are in harm's way and all resident's safety is at risk and will increase every day," she said.
Officials at some of Skyline's properties said residents are being cared for properly.
"We have enough food and supplies, and I'm confident our residents will be cared for," said Ted Huss, executive director of Ipswich Care and Rehabilitation Center.
Nebraska and Kansas took similar action against Skyline two months ago after the company was unable to pay its staff.