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|County Board Supports Proposed Nursing Home Addition
|The Knox County Nursing Home may be in line to receive funding that would bring statewide attention to its care facility.
The Knox County Board Wednesday night overwhelmingly approved a resolution of support for a bariatric innovative care grant for the Knox County Nursing Home.
The bariatric care grant would provide grant funding of $200,000 for equipment such as lifts, ADA compliant bathrooms, and a specialized gym to care for the obese patients that are housed within the nursing home.
Marianne Wiesen, administrator of the Knox County Nursing Home, says obesity has become a nationwide epidemic and she tells WGIL she wants the unit to have the best treatments available for the community. "I want to be able to put together a unit that has the latest equipment, the latest in technology, the latest in education, so that we can be a showcase for the state," Wiesen said. "That's part of what this grant is all about. I like to be innovative in my thinking, and what else can we do to help the general population. And, unfortunately, the general population is getting bigger."
Wiesen says she, with the help of Congressman Phil Hare and Representative Don Moffitt have applied for federal stimulus money in order to defray some of the costs of the proposed projects.
During the public comment section of the board meeting, Randy Lynch of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees gave his support to the projects at the nursing home saying no other units like it would be in the area and would grant the nursing home attention. He said it could create a profit of over $200,000 a year and employ nearly 20 more people.
|04 30 09 by Newsroom
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