Kansas is taking over 15 private nursing homes after the owner and operator defaulted on payments to vendors and failed to meet payroll.
Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Secretary Tim Keck will oversee operations of the Skyline Health Care LLC homes. Court documents show the facilities have nearly 850 residents and 950 employees.
KCUR-FM reports that the New Jersey-based owner previously acknowledged that Skyline had insufficient funds to pay utilities and food services vendors.
Keck says Florida-based Mission Health has assumed day-to-day oversight of the homes. Mission already operates 14 skilled nursing facilities in Kansas.
The move comes after Nebraska officials took over 21 nursing homes and 10 assisted living facilities operated by Skyline last month.
Keck says the next step is to find a new owner.
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