WKU Public Radio News Staff
Wed May 30, 2012
Nursing Home Operator Leaving Kentucky, Will Lease Facilities to Texas Company
A major nursing home chain is leaving Kentucky. Extendicare Health Services says its decision is the result of increased litigation and the recent General Assembly's inaction on tort reform. Extendicare has 21 skilled nursing centers and more than 1,700 beds in Kentucky.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the company has reached an agreement to lease all of its nursing homes in the Bluegrass State to a yet-unnamed long term care provider based in Texas.
Extendicare has two facilities in Richmond, and one each in Somerset, Stanton, Salyersville, and Irvine.
President and CEO Tim Lukenda cited a worsening litigation environment and the General Assembly's unwillingness to pass a law making it more difficult to file lawsuits against nursing homes.
Extendicare has not announced plans to pull out of any other states.