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Nursing homes in Edgar, Lyons and Ainsworth close
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Nursing homes in Edgar, Lyons and Ainsworth close

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A Utah company has closed or is closing three more nursing homes in small towns in Nebraska.

Deseret Health Group is closing the Rose Brook Care Center in Edgar, Logan Valley Manor in Lyons and the Ainsworth Care Center in Ainsworth, officials in the three towns said.

In March, the company closed the Exeter Care Center, citing low residency.

Deseret officials could not be reached for comment, but according to its website, the company owns and operates nursing homes in Kansas, Minnesota, Utah, Wyoming and the four in Nebraska.

Rose Brook in Edgar closed May 1 after getting a 30-day notice to transfer its 24 residents.

"The residents were taken away from loved ones and are gone to other care centers," said Edgar Mayor Brad Brennfoerder.

The loss to Edgar is financial as well as emotional, he said. The home was a big employer in the town of 500.

"Obviously, the people who came to see the residents also spent money in the community, which will be a loss," Brennfoerder said.

He said it would be tough for the town to buy the center, which has had three or four owners in the past 10 years and needs as much as $1 million worth of updates and remodeling.

Logan Valley Manor in Lyons has 60 days to transfer residents and is sending them to homes in area towns including Pender, Hooper and Wakefield, said Lyons Mayor Andy Fuston.

"It was a sad day when the announcement was made, for sure," he said. "Small towns -- we're doing our hardest to survive, and when something like this happens it's a blow to us."

Logan Valley Manor employed about 32 people in the town of 850, he said.

Leah Bucco-White, a spokeswoman for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, said Deseret gave notice to the state on April 27 that it would close the nursing homes in Ainsworth and Lyons. The Edgar notification was received on April 6.

"Our role is to ensure the safety and care of the residents, as well as a smooth transition," she said. "We're closely monitoring the situation at all the facilities."

Reach the writer at 402-473-7243 or alaukaitis@journalstar.com.

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