Company owns 2 area facilities, blames 'litigation environment'
By Nick Tabor, New Era Senior Staff Writer
Following a history of lawsuits, and in light of a litigation reform bill failing in the General Assembly this year, a major nursing home chain plans to unload its facilities in Kentucky to a Texas company.
The corporation, Extendicare Health Services, Inc., owns Pembroke Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Shady Lawn Nursing Home in Cadiz, and 19 other homes in Kentucky. In a 2009 study that ranked 10 Kentucky facilities among the country’s worst nursing homes, three of those belong to Extendicare.
Extendicare also owns facilities in 11 other states as far apart as Oregon and Pennsylvania.
Extendicare announced last week it will lease all of its Kentucky facilities to a long-term care operator in Texas for a 10-year period. The operator can extend its lease or buy the facilities if it wishes.