Gunter nursing home closing in face of financial realities

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by JOBIN PANICKER

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WFAA

Posted on January 25, 2013 at 11:48 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 26 at 3:59 PM

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GUNTER, Texas -- By the day, the Hilltop Haven facility becomes emptier.

The long-time nursing home in the Grayson County community of Gunter, 21 miles north of Frisco,  has become a victim of economics. It is scheduled to close mid-March.

"We were unable to find a sustainable financial model for Hilltop," said Senior V.P. Teresa Scott.

It was one of three campuses for Christian Care Centers. But Hilltop Haven was the original; built and started in 1947.

"It was called 'Home for the Aged' and it provided care for retired ministers, and that's how our ministry began," Scott said.

Diane Conway remembers getting a letter in the mail about the closure. Her parents were residents there for more than six years.

"It's heartbreaking," she said. "And a shock... An absolute shock."

Ninety percent of Hilltop Haven's patients are on Medicaid.

"Had the cuts not occurred, we would not be closing," Scott said. "This was our mission."

This would have been the 66th year for Hilltop Haven. Close to 113 residents would need to find new homes. As of Friday, 25 or so are still in the facility and will need to move out by March 16.

"To them, this was their home," Scott said. "This was their family, and now they have to start over."

No decisions have been made about what to do with the facility.

A special workforce fair is scheduled for the employees who worked at Hilltop Haven.

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