ZEIGLER, IL (KFVS) - The Illinois Department of Public Health, working with numerous other agencies, was able to safety relocate more than 30 residents at Colonial Manor in Zeigler.
Colonial Manor owners informed IDPH on Wednesday, March 13 it could not afford to stay open, only had food for approximately three and a half days, and would not be able to pay staff past Monday, March 18.
The failure of the facility to notify IDPH at least 90 days before closing, as well as the inability to pay for food and staff, prompted the Department to take emergency action to ensure the health, safety and well-being of all residents.
"Our priority is the health and safety of these residents and all long-term care residents," said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck. "Our ability to work across agencies to ensure the safe relocation and care of three dozen residents in record time is a testament to the state's commitment to protecting the health and safety of vulnerable citizens in Illinois."
The Department is pursuing voluntary surrender of the facility's license or action to revoke Colonial Manor's license. Additional sanctions against the facility, such as fines, are possible.