New Bos­ton nurs­ing home to close

Texarkana Gazette - - METRO/STATE - By Ash­ley Gard­ner

In­spire New Bos­ton, a nurs­ing home in New Bos­ton, Texas, is clos­ing soon.

Texas Health and Hu­man Ser­vices over­sees vol­un­tary fa­cil­ity clo­sures. Ac­cord­ing to the THHS web­site, In­spire, lo­cated at 210 Rice St., has a pro­posed clo­sure date of July 24 or the date the last res­i­dent has been dis­charged.

Tay­lor Stamp, ad­min­is­tra­tor of the nurs­ing home, said that at the lat­est the fi­nal clos­ing date will be March 26 but that he ex­pects to have all the res­i­dents moved be­fore then.

“We al­ready have al­most all of our res­i­dents out. There are five still here,” Stamp said.

At one time the nurs­ing home had more than 50 pa­tients. The fa­cil­ity is li­censed for 116 pa­tients, ac­cord­ing to THHS.

Stamp de­clined to dis­close the num­ber of em­ploy­ees los­ing their jobs or the com­pany that bought the nurs­ing home.

New Bos­ton Mayor Johnny Bran­son said the loss is bad for the city.

“Hav­ing a nurs­ing home here has meant a lot to New Bos­ton. When they leave, it hurts be­cause the em­ploy­ees have to go home. Num­ber two, it hurts the com­mu­nity as far as prop­erty man­age­ment be­cause it’s a big, old, empty, va­cant build­ing. Num­ber three, it hurts be­cause our … se­nior cit­i­zens who need that kind of care don’t have any place to go, and that’s the most im­por­tant rea­son,” Bran­son said.

New Bos­ton does have an as­sisted-liv­ing cen­ter but not an­other nurs­ing home. The clos­est nurs­ing homes to New Bos­ton are in DeKalb or Texarkana.

“We’re sorry it’s clos­ing. We re­ally hope some­one will buy it or pick it up. We’ll try ev­ery­thing we can to get a nurs­ing home back here,” he said.

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