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July 23, 2018

7/5/2018 11:15:00 AM
State probes fiscal crisis at area nursing home
Representatives from the Illinois Department of Public Health arrived in Lawrenceville Friday afternoon to begin an investigation into two United Methodist Village nursing facilities.

IDPH spokeswoman Melaney Arnold confirmed Friday afternoon that the UMV facility at 1616 Cedar, as well as the UMV North Campus at 2101 James, were under investigation. However, Arnold said, it may take "two to three weeks" before the investigations are completed and until then, no information will be forthcoming.

The investigation stems from an apparent financial crisis at the UMV facilities. Many paychecks issued to UMV employees June 22 bounced, and bills at the facility were not being paid.

The situation has resulted in many employees leaving, and family members of some residents say they're looking for alternative accommodations for their loved ones.

UMV President and CEO Paula McKnight, when reached last Thursday, would not comment about the situation.

But Nick Lynn, a Chicago attorney who represents UMV, told an area television station that there was no financial crisis. Lynn said in a statement that the situation is simply the result of late payments from Medicare and Medicaid, as well as a change in the billing company.

According to Lynn, all payroll checks are now good.

He confirmed that a number of staff members had quit. However, he said, former employees and volunteers have helped to fill in.

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