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By Marilia Brocchetto, Tim Hume and Claire Rigby, CNN
The state is threatening to shutter the Nursing Center at University Village, a senior living facility in Tampa, in September after a lengthy controversy and court battle that alleges financial mismanagement by the owners.
- Senior living facility in Tampa in danger of closing
- Thousands sign petition to keep home open
- Residents, staff, union leaders meeting with ACHA representatives Thursday
“We’re hoping this can be resolved,” said Ross McGillivray, whose 96-year-old mother Jeannette McGillivray lives in the nursing home.
“For the rest of my life, I’m comfortable here,” said Jeannette McGillivray. “The thought of moving is very distressing. I have been very happy here.”
Union leaders, staff and residents held a press conference at the nursing home Wednesday.
“We are calling on the Agency of Health Care Administration ACHA, we are calling on them now to keep the doors on this facility open,” said SEIU Union Representative Monica Russo.
A dozen residents, staff and union leaders are headed to Tallahassee Thursday morning to meet with ACHA representatives. But if nothing changes, union leaders said 80 residents could be forced to move by September 3rd.
“I have been crying for weeks just thinking about how confused they are going to be,” said caregiver Martha Aziles.
“It’s hard because a lot of them have been here for years,” said Joy Streeter, also a caregiver. “And we’ve been here for years with them.”
As a way to put pressure on decision-makers, union leaders passed around a petition. Union leaders said about 2,000 people have signed on to keep the nursing home open.
About a dozen caretakers and residents will take the petition with them to Tallahassee Thursday.
NOTE: In the past, when Bay News 9 contacted the company who took over the facility a couple of years ago for a response, they did not return our calls.