Corporate owner to close Marion Golden Living Center by Nov. 15

Golden Living Center, the 72-bed long-term-care skilled nursing facility in Marion, will be closing its doors in mid-November.

A press release from the corporate owners, Golden Living Centers based in Fort Smith, Ark., cited challenges of the building, along with the close proximity of other skilled nursing facilities, including a Golden Living Center in Chase County, as determining factors in the decision.

?The decision was made with a great deal of review and consideration,? Staci Cardenas, director of operations for Golden Living, stated in the release.

?We are proud of the many years of service our caregivers and other staff were able to provide to the Marion community, but the reality is our physical structure is not suited for the complex healthcare needs of future patients,? she stated.

Appropriate arrangements for the residents of the facility will be made before the LivingCenter closes, according to Cardenas.

?Staff is working with residents and family members to secure alternate living arrangements,? she stated. ?Golden Living Center-Marion is committed to making sure that the process is as smooth as possible for our patients and their families.

?Our caregivers have provided heartfelt and compassionate care to some of Marion?s most vulnerable population, and they have done it with dedication that is honorable and something to be very proud of. Their devotion is truly appreciated by our patients, our families, our community and our company.?

Staff at the Marion facility deferred to Cardenas regarding the release of additional information about the closure, but the cell-phone phone number for contacting Cardenas was no longer in service, according to the provider.

According to the corporate Web site, Golden Living operates 263 skilled nursing facilities now called Golden Living Centers.

The Salina Journal reported recently that a 42-bed Golden Living Center in Lucas is slated for closing on or about Nov. 1.

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