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Hudson fights for community nursing home

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It is the continued fight of one small-town nursing home against the SD Department of Health.

Last month, the agency suspended the license for the Hudson Healthcare Center, shutting down services and leaving staff without a job. This, after the state reported repeated deficiencies that threatened the health and safety of its residents.

Owners and staff disagree saying their care was good and now they're doing what they can to keep that care in Hudson.

A meeting was held, Monday morning, for the center and the community as a whole. People talked, not only about the state shut down of their facility, but what they plan to do next to get it back up and running.

Just under 40 senior residents had to be relocated to other homes and staffers are without a job as the state forced the nursing home to shut down in early August.

Owners Joe and Charlie Ward are glad people are staying positive and know looking forward is the most important thing they can do.

"It's important for us to see the people get their jobs back, and the people of Hudson who are elderly or need care have a place to go close to home," Joe Ward said.

Ward had appealed the Department of Health and is now awaiting a date to schedule a hearing. Meanwhile, he's meeting with potential buyers of the nursing home to see if they can keep it open as a skilled facility or at least an assisted living facility.

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