Town Hall Meeting Set For Feb. 19 To Discuss Future of Walnut Acres Nursing Home

STEPHENSON COUNTY, ILLINOIS Walnut Acres, formerly Stephenson County Nursing Center, is a not-for-profit 148 bed long-term care facility owned and operated by the people of Stephenson County, in operation since 1854. Some feel our community is in danger of losing Walnut Acres, as again the topic of privatization the center has come to the forefront.

A Town Hall Meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb 19th at Highland Community College in regards to the future of the nursing home.

The center has 148 beds. According to their website semi-private rooms are available with a joined bath. They also have 5 private rooms and 3 special care rooms and a certified memory care unit with 24 beds care for residents with Dementia or Alzheimer’s related diseases. They also state currently renovated rooms to create 12 more private rooms in the facility.

The Stephenson County Board wants to hear from residents about the potential privatization of Walnut Acres Nursing Home, formerly the Stephenson County Nursing Center. One representative said that 70% of the residents are medicaid, and the impact that selling or closing Walnut Acres Nursing Home would have to our county would be devastating.

Board members will host a town hall meeting from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at Highland Community College, 2998 W. Pearl City Road. The meeting will be held in the Newell Room, Room 201 in Building H.

Transportation to and from the event is available. Please call 815-616-5856 for more information or to volunteer.

Related:

Stephenson County Board postpones decision on nursing home referendum
https://www.journalstandard.com/news/20171012/stephenson-county-board-postpones-decision-on-nursing-home-referendum

Stephenson County explores leasing nursing center
https://www.journalstandard.com/news/20170414/stephenson-county-explores-leasing-nursing-center

Stephenson County Board exploring options for nursing center’s future
https://www.journalstandard.com/news/20170105/stephenson-county-board-exploring-options-for-nursing-centers-future

Stephenson County Board considers management options for nursing center
https://www.journalstandard.com/news/20161213/stephenson-county-board-considers-management-options-for-nursing-center



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