New management develops plan to save Walnut Acres

The Stephenson County board approves paying more than $307,000 in nursing center claims...
The Stephenson County board approves paying more than $307,000 in nursing center claims Thursday evening though there is debate about when this will be paid back.(WIFR)
Published: Aug. 18, 2022 at 10:30 PM CDT
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STEPHENSON COUNTY (WIFR) - The Stephenson County board approved paying more than $307,000 in nursing center claims Thursday evening - though there is debate about how this will be paid.

Transitional Care Management took over Walnut Acres on July 1 with the urgent need to balance the facility’s current budget. Even with Walnut Acres under new management, some residents question how the nursing facility will pay off its claims.

These claims came from several services at the facility including dining, nursing and rehabilitation.

The nursing center is still owned by the county.

Nursing Center Committee Chair, Casey Anthony, says the current issue is there isn’t enough revenue for Walnut Acres to pay their bills.

That’s where the inter-fund loan comes in and Anthony is optimistic Transitional Care Management will get the nursing center back on track.

“They’re doing a lot to make sure that the nursing home is financially and just a better position in the future. We’re going to be seeing positives here as soon as the revenue streams come in regularly. And that will be able to pay back that inter-fund loan without an issue by the end of the year,” says Anthony.

The Stephenson County board also approved an agreement with Omnicare that cuts down the time it takes for people at Walnut Acres to be administered medication.

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