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Thursday, 02 February 2012 18:21

By Tina Kitt

The Wauneta Breeze

 

Contributions for Wauneta’s nursing home continue to pour in from supporters with efforts surpassing the $100,000 mark earlier this week. As of Tuesday morning $101,628 had been received.

Community volunteers are working to raise a minimum of $150,000 in donations to help the Village of Wauneta purchase Heritage of Wauneta as well as the required bed licenses needed for the facility to operate as a nursing home.

Total projected cost of purchasing the nursing home property/inventory and bed licenses along with making mandated upgrades to the facility and covering the first month of operating expenses is pegged at $800,000, with $150,000 of that total hopefully raised through donations. Facility revenue bonds are being sold to raise $500,000 with the Village of Wauneta putting up $150,000 from funds held in reserve.

Vetter Health Services, the current owners of Heritage of Wauneta, announced last summer they planned to cease operations at the Wauneta facility by June 30, 2012. They have agreed to sell the building, land, equipment and inventory to the Village of Wauneta for $75,000, well below appraised value, as VHS works with the community to help keep the nursing home in operation under different ownership.

The Village of Wauneta would be the entity to own the nursing home, with a management firm hired to oversee operations.

Volunteers heading up the Save Our Nursing Home campaign hope to have a minimum of $150,000 raised by the middle of February to allow time for all the needed transactions to take place.

Donations can be sent to the Village of Wauneta, P.O. Box 95, Wauneta, NE 69045. These tax-deductible contributions will be placed in a special bank account established at Valley Bank and Trust in Wauneta. In the event the sale of the nursing home and required bed licenses falls through, these donations will be returned to their donors.

A web site has been established to allow out-of-town supporters to stay informed on the project’s progress as well as a chance to make an online contribution via PayPal. The web site can be found at www.savewaunetanursinghome.com.

In a letter to the editor included on page 4 of this week’s Breeze, Wauneta native Lynn McBride of Shelton encourages Wauneta alumni and those living in surrounding communities to consider making a contribution to the Wauneta effort.

“If you’re sitting in, say, Enders, Hamlet, Palisade, even Imperial, maybe McCook, some other Nebraska town, or even in a location in some other state, you’re part of the extended family. The plight of Heritage has an impact on you. It’s a ‘home’ thing,” writes McBride.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 February 2012 18:22