Governor Steve Beshear joined Glasgow and Barren County leaders Wednesday for a ceremony honoring a new facility that will offer long-term care for those with mental illnesses.
Residents will begin moving into the new Glasgow State Nursing Facility in early September. Glasgow mayor Rhonda Trautman says residents at the facility require a higher level of care than those at most long-term care facilities in the state.
"These are people who are primarily suffering from mental problems who need counseling. They have a variety of issues, and there is a large group of patients there who suffer from Huntington's Disease."
The new facility in Glasgow replaces another state-run long-term care facility in Barren County that had become antiquated.
"The older center has been part of our community for decades. The original building used to be the state tuberculosis hospital," said Mayor Trautman.
The new nursing center will employ 167 people.