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February 6, 2009

Jeanne Atkinson, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-8287

NOTE: Last bullet point was updated on 2/9/2009 in order to accurately reflect what the status of those two individuals was on 2/6/2009

Beatrice State Developmental Center Meets Timeline for Transferring Medically Fragile Residents

Lincoln – Forty-five individuals affected by an order from the Chief Medical Officer limiting the license of the Beatrice State Developmental Center (BSDC) have transferred to other settings.

The January 31 order imposed a 5:00 p.m., February 6 deadline for moving all medically fragile residents from BSDC. The order prevents the facility from caring for medically fragile residents because of potential risk of death or serious physical harm.

“We were able to meet the deadline and safely transition residents because staff and community hospitals and providers responded quickly when this situation arose,” said John Wyvill, director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities in the Department of Health and Human Services. “The main focus during this transition phase is the safety of the individuals.”

A total of 45 individuals were affected by the order:

  • 43 residents transferred from BSDC between February 2 and February 6.

    • February 3: 14 residents transferred
    • February 4: 11 residents transferred
    • February 5: 10 residents transferred
    • February 6: 8 residents transferred
  • 2 BSDC residents were being treated at the Beatrice Community Hospital at the time of the order. Their medical needs have been stabilized and they will be temporarily transferring to nursing facilities.

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