June 12, 2012 | last updated June 13, 2012 11:50 am

Wethersfield Health Care Center to close

The state Department of Social Services on Tuesday granted Wethersfield Health Care Center's request to close.

The nursing home facility, which has faced financial problems and a bitter dispute with unionized employees, said it will shut its doors as soon as all current residents are relocated.

"We deeply regret the effect that this will have on our residents and employees," said Lisa Crutchfield, a spokesperson for Wethersfield Health Care Center. "We know that our Health Care Center has been home for them, and that this transition will disrupt their lives. We will work with our residents' families, physicians and caregivers to make the transition to a new home as easy as possible for them."

DSS' order noted that over 800 of the nearly 9,000 nursing home beds within 15 miles of Wethersfield are presently vacant.

Wethersfield Health Care Center said that oversupply of nursing home beds made it impossible for the company to attract enough residents to continue operations and be financially viable.

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