Monday, October 1, 2012

Council salutes Midway Nursing Home Task Force

The Midway City Council paid tribute this evening to the Midway Nursing Home Task Force, which 13 years ago began the campaign to bring a nursing home to Midway. "This dream has become a reality because of the dedicated, determined, would-not-take-no-for-an-answer nursing home task force," Mayor Tom Bozarth said, citing the preliminary approval for a federal loan to Christian Care Communities to build a senior residential development that will include nursing facilities. The council passed a resolution naming each of the task-force members, then posed with them for pictures. (Click on image for larger version)
Bozarth (top left in photo) recalled how the task force was asked to raise $12,000 for a feasibility study and raised $16,000; obtained the license for 23 skilled-care beds when the old Versailles hospital closed; obtained a $500,000 community development block grant; made a $160,000 down payment on the site across from Midway College; and donated $10,000 to start the public phase of the fund-raising campaign.

Bozarth said more than $1 million has been raised from more than 600 sources. He said The Homeplace at Midway will employ 42 people and have an annual payroll of $1.7 million, which will generate revenue for the city, but he emphasized that it will enable loved ones and neighbors to have an opportunity for nursing-home care in their home town.

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