Skilled care facility closing its doors

Skilled care facility closing it's doors
By: Arnold Wyrick

PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. - For more than 30 years now people living in Perry County could count on having a place for their loved ones to go to when they got older.  But, now the Long Term Skilled Care Center in Pinckneyville's hospital is closing its doors.
"It is home, most of the workers here are more concerned about the residents.  And what the residents are going to have to go through than their jobs," said Director of Skilled Care Nurses Jackie Malinski.
But, the thought of having to say goodbye and move to some place else is troubling to residents and their families.
"It's going to be real upsetting for my mother.  And I'll probably manage.  But I think it's going to be hard, it's going to be real hard," said Joan Kuhnert of Pinckneyville.
The hospital board members voted six to three during Monday night's meeting to close the facility due to a lack of profits.  And their decision isn't sitting well with some residents and their families.
"They're looking strictly at the money, the monetary standpoint.  They don't really care about the individual people who are here.  And the care that they need.  And the care that this facility can and does provide," said John Bolinski of Pinckneyville.
Some residents' futures are uncertain, as they have no where else to go once the center closes.
"These girls will all be out of work if they close this they'll all have to go somewhere else to work.  And I don't know about the rest of us. I don't know where I'll go.  I just won't live with my family, and make my family take care of me.  I won't do that," said Gladys Kujawa of Pinckneyville.
Now a sub-committee has been formed to review the center's financial records and make their own recommendations to the hospital board about alternative cuts that could be made in order to save the center.
"We're going to do whatever we can to keep it open.  I've seen the books and I think we can find some other things in there to cut back on," said Chairman Bob Chapman.
The sub-committee is scheduled to meet with the hospital board members the last week in July.