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Commissioners vote to shutter Golden Acres; closing still subject to state approval


ELYRIA – The Lorain County commissioners voted this morning to shutter the county-run Golden Acres Nursing home.

The closure, which still must be approved by the state, will likely take place before Thanksgiving, county Administrator Jim Cordes said.

The decision is a financial one because the home has been losing hundreds of thousands of dollars each year, county officials said before the vote today.

“If we don’t do it now, you’re going to have to put it on life support from the general fund,” Cordes said.

There are around 40 residents in the house right now, but Cordes said the county needs to fill around 56 of the 79 beds it has available to make the county home a viable enterprise.

There are around 60 employees at Golden Acres and the union was being informed of the decision today, Cordes said. A letter was sent out earlier this week to residents and their families informing them of the possibility the home will close.

Read more on this story in Thursday’s Chronicle.

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