Hearne nursing home closing

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HEARNE, Tex. (KBTX) - A longtime nursing home in Hearne is closing its doors, leaving patients stuck finding somewhere else to live.

In January News 3 told you about Hearne Healthcare Center being cited for 63 state violations in 2015.

The nursing home's company tell us they are closing simply because of a business decision.

It comes as a surprise for staff, patients and their families here.

Dawn Jefferson's 72-year-old mother lives there now. Jefferson wonders why it's happening.

"Yeah just on the suddenness and like I said as far as it was on the rumor mill here last year that maybe it was closing after they had to meet some state guidelines, corrections. And so after they addressed those issues there was nothing ever said so we thought everything was fine," said Jefferson.

An AARP report shows Hearne Healthcare Center was cited for 63 violations in 2015 including violations of actual harm and immediate jeopardy.

Staff treatment of patients was also cited 18 times by state surveyors.

In 2014, Hearne Healthcare Center was marked with 26 state licensing violations including infection control and reportable incidents of abuse and neglect.

The General Counsel for owner Senior Living Properties tells us closing the property was a business decision.

Attorney Richard Agnew say they don't believe the Hearne population can support two nursing homes in town. He said residents will be placed in other facilities at the patient's and their family's preference, and there's no date set yet for closing.

As for Jefferson, she believes her Mom got good care at Hearne Healthcare Center.

Now she's working to send her to a facility nearby.

"Basically we just trying to speedily address getting her transferred," she said.

Senior Living Properties tells us they are working on placing the staff at other facilities and they haven't planned layoffs.

An administrator at the home declined to speak with us on camera.

We also heard from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. They tell us this is a voluntary closure but they had threatened to pull their license for the previous violations. They tell us a settlement was reached.

The nursing home currently has 46 patients.