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Dutchess County nursing home closes

Apr 04, 2023 12:21 pm

Saba Ali reports in the Poughkeepsie Journal that the Northern Dutchess Residential Health Care Facility, also known as The Thompson House, is closing, laying off 102 people. Nuvance Health says the closure of the Rhinebeck nursing home is because of "substantial impacts" of the COVID-19 pandemic. The facility's 38 residents will move to other care centers. “It has not been an easy decision,” said Thompson House Interim Administrator Richard Cleland in a news release. “This facility has provided excellent care to many people over the years. We only reluctantly came to this decision based on the difficult landscape facing nursing facilities today.” The layoffs begin on April 12, with employees getting "unconditional payments" equal to their normal pay and benefits for 60 days in line with New York State law. Assistant Dutchess County Executive Ronald Hicks said of the layoffs, "We have a workforce shortage, especially in the healthcare industry, so it is my hope that these individuals will be quickly absorbed into Nuvance's network, or the healthcare industry in the community." Read more about this story in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

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