An O'Neill nursing home is one of nearly two dozen in Nebraska now in a legal battle after failing to pay its employees.
The Omaha World-Herald reported that the Department of Health and Human Services were alerted Friday that Cottonwood Healthcare, the company that owns the O'Neill Care & Rehabilitation Center, would be unable to pay its employees.
Matt Litt of the DHHS told the World-Herald that public health officials worked with the Attorney General’s office to set up a receivership and get it approved in court.
Copies of the order signed by a Lancaster County judge were filed in 19 counties. Klaasmeyer & Associates has been appointed to manage the facilities while a long-term plan is worked out, according to the report.
O'Neill Care & Rehab remains open and residents are still being cared for. A post on their Facebook page reads, "First of all, I want to thank you for entrusting us with the care of your family; we continue to be the same staff that has always taken care of, and loved your family members.. our focus will continue to be on our residents. We want to assure you the only thing that has changed is the payor source to our company. We will now be overseen and managed, at this time, by a company owned and based out of Omaha, Nebraska. The Medical director, CEO, DON, and all of our department managers are working hard with our staff and your loved ones to maintain a calm and care-enriched environment."
It also said to direct any and all concerns to Ken Klassmeyer at 402-525-1251 and firstname.lastname@example.org or Linda Klassmeyer at 402-525-1225 and email@example.com.
Other nearby facilities effected by this development include Norfolk, Neligh and Wausa.