DERBY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has taken over a nursing home after an inspector found that it was struggling to pay for food, medicine and utilities.

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services said the takeover was necessary to ensure the well-being of the 39 residents of Westview of Derby after the inspector found that the facility had hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid bills.

Westview facility administrator told the department that the facility doesn't pay utility bills "until disconnect notices are received" and that he had used his personal credit card "as a back up to ensure the food and pharmacy services are not discontinued."

The Wichita Eagle reports that the nursing is now being operated by Walnut Creek Management. Vice president of operations Michael Levitt says vendors have been notified.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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