WakeMed closing 2 nursing centers

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — WakeMed Health and Hospitals plans to close two nursing centers as it lays off 110 employees to save money.

The health provider says the cuts will affect case managers, food preparation workers, interpreters, nurses and rehabilitation therapists.

Most of the cuts come from closing a nursing home in Fuquay-Varina that houses 36 people. The patients, who are unable to care for themselves and range in age from 23 to about 90, will be moved to other facilities.

“We’re going to be helping patients and their family members get through the shock of this first,” said Elaine Rohlik, WakeMed’s executive director for rehabilitation and trauma services.

Closing the home in Fuquay-Varina and one in Zebulon will save $4 million, Rohlik said. The Zebulon center has 14 patients.

Closing the two homes requires approval from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

The hospital system expects to lose about $15 million in the fiscal year that ends next month. WakeMed says changes in state and federal policies will cost about $23 million in lost revenue in the coming year.

Some of those being laid off are part-time employees.

WakeMed has about 8,500 employees.

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