Topeka nursing home sues over license revocation

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – A Topeka nursing home has filed a federal lawsuit amid efforts to revoke its license for failing to comply with state and federal health and safety regulations.

The Topeka Community Healthcare Center sued Thursday in U.S. District Court seeking an emergency injunction blocking federal and state officials from cutting off its funding. It also seeks to prohibit relocation of its residents.

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services’ revocation of the license will require its 55 residents to find new homes by September.

Spokeswoman Angela de Rocha says it’s the first time since September 2011 the state has shut down a nursing home. She declined comment on the pending litigation.

Attorney Meredith Duncan says the center disagrees with the agency’s decision, but is cooperating.

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