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WakeMed closing 2 nursing centers

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WakeMed is closing this nursing center in Fuquay-Varina in order to save $4 million. A center in Zebulon is also closing. WakeMed is closing this nursing center in Fuquay-Varina in order to save $4 million. A center in Zebulon is also closing.

WakeMed Health and Hospitals plans to close two nursing centers as it lays off 97 employees to save money. 

"This decision was one of the hardest decisions we'd ever have to do," said Elaine Rohlik, WakeMed's executive director for rehabilitation and trauma services.

The patients staying at the facilities will have to find a news place to go.

The health provider says the cuts will affect case managers, food preparation workers, interpreters, nurses and rehabilitation therapists.

Rohlik says the employees will be given the opportunity to apply for other positions at WakeMed.

"We believe almost everybody who wants to stay within WakeMed's system will have a job. We've held jobs over several weeks thinking that this was imminent," explained Rohlik.

Most of the cuts come from closing a nursing home in Fuquay-Varina that houses 36 people. The patients, who are unable to care for themselves and range in age from 23 to about 90, will be moved to other facilities. 

"We're going to be helping patients and their family members get through the shock of this first," said Rohlik. 

Closing the home in Fuquay-Varina and the one in Zebulon will save $4 million, Rohlik said. The Zebulon center has 14 patients. 

The patients who live in the Fuquay Varina home have until September 8th to find a new nursing home. If they can't WakeMed says they will take over the process to make sure they all have a place to go.

Closing the two homes requires approval from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The hospital is currently in the process of doing this and says there shouldn't be any problems getting it approved.

The hospital system expects to lose about $15 million in the fiscal year that ends next month. WakeMed says changes in state and federal policies will cost about $23 million in lost revenue in the coming year. 

Some of those being laid off are part-time employees. 

WakeMed has about 8,500 employees.

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