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Troubled nursing home losing license

MILLBROOK (AP) — A troubled nursing home affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church is losing its state operating license for failing to correct repeated problems cited by inspectors.

Resurrection Life Center in Millbrook on Wednesday is also set to lose its certification to bill the federal government for housing residents.

“We cannot allow a nursing home to operate year in and year out that has this kind of record,” said Rick Harris, director of the Alabama Department of Public Health’s bureau of health provider standards.

Inspectors have regularly cited Resurrection Life Center since 2003, when a licensed practical nurse was accused of raping an elderly female resident.

The center, owned and operated by Resurrection Catholic Missions of the South Inc., is expected to discharge all 56 residents over the next month, leading up to a projected April 20 cutoff of all funding by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

“To get that many people relocated is not an easy task,” Bob Scott of Prattville said.

Scott’s mother lives at the nursing home.

Medicaid covers 46 of the residents, with the other 10 using Medicare temporarily or paying for their own housing. As of last July, residents paid $165 a day to stay at Resurrection Life Center.

Scott said the Rev. Manuel Williams, chief executive of Resurrection Life Center’s non-profit owner, told families and guardians of the residents that everybody would have to find other living quarters.

“We were shocked that a church-type facility, with all the training they have, wouldn’t be able to address these problems,” Scott said. “It’s just incompetence of the administration.

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