- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The state has temporarily taken over a Topeka nursing home after its owners couldn’t make payroll and no one else stepped forward to run it.

Officials with the Kansas Department on Aging and Disability Services met Monday with residents of the Washburn Community Care Center and their families. The Topeka Capital-Journal (https://bit.ly/1dia5DD) reports that the 26 residents have 60 days to relocate.

Agency official Joe Ewert said the state intervened after the operator, Deseret Health Group, said it was financially insolvent and couldn’t make payroll. He said a new operator agreed to take over a Deseret facility in Wichita.

Attempts to reach officials at the company’s Utah headquarters were unsuccessful Tuesday. Telephone calls went unanswered. Besides the Utah and Kansas facilities, Desert also operated in Minnesota, Nebraska and Wyoming.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, https://www.cjonline.com

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