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Manchester's Crestfield nursing home plans to close in February after financial struggles

Journal Inquirer - 12/8/2023

Dec. 8—Crestfield officials said Thursday that the facility, owned and operated by Athena Health Care Systems, anticipates a closing date of Feb. 5, though it may close sooner.

Officials said the facility will not close until its 11 remaining residents are safely discharged, and staff are working with residents and their families to complete transfers to other facilities.

A "combination of factors" led to Crestfield seeking closure, officials said, including rising operational costs and a need for major capital improvements.

Larry Santilli, president and CEO of Athena, said that although Crestfield's closure was necessary, the company understands the "profound" impact it has had on its residents and their families.

"We will stand by them to ensure that all their needs are met with the utmost care, compassion, and respect as we begin to relocate them to other skilled nursing locations," Santilli said.

Athena officials said the company plans to offer jobs to affected employees at both Athena-managed facilities and other local employers, with 68 percent of the center's workforce already having accepted positions within the company.

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