SCRIBNER – After almost 50 years of service, Good Samaritan Society nursing home is entering their final stretch of operation.
Good Samaritan Society is a nonprofit nursing home in Scribner that accepts medicare and medicaid. It is the only nursing home in Scribner and it has been up and running since 1969. They will be closing their doors officially on Sept. 30.
Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, owns the nursing home in Scribner and they are the ones who decided to close its doors and sell it because of financial struggles. This South Dakota company also owns Scribner’s Elkhorn Valley Villa assisted living center, which they decided to put up for sale also.
Kelsey Mergen, administrator of both facilities, said that a lot of Scribner residents were shocked when they heard about the closing of the nursing home.
“The community is concerned about the impact it’s going to have on small businesses. I know they are trying to come up with a way to maybe get the assisted living. They initially talked about the nursing home but I think they wanted to start smaller,” said Mergen.
Mergen said that they did research and discovered there are over 800-skilled nursing beds within a 25-mile radius of Good Samaritan Society, and living in a rural area, this causes staffing challenges.
As of Friday morning, out of the 75 licensed beds, 16 of them were full and the nursing home was operating with a staff of about 35.
Residents have already started moving out and a majority are going to nearby nursing homes, but there are a few that are moving closer to another family member, according to Mergen.
The assisted living center still has a waiting list and a staff of seven, and they will stay open until somebody buys the building.