City of Bridgeport discussing nursing home purchase

The City of Bridgeport is awaiting results from a feasibility study before acting on the possible purchase of the Heritage nursing home.

City Administrator Bradley Hanson said the city and county were approached about purchasing the 45-bed skilled nursing facility earlier this year. After the county indicated they were not interested, the city council ordered the feasibility study.

Hanson said that results of the study, conducted by Rural Health Development Corporation, should be back by the end of the week. The City Council is hoping to find out if the facility is a viable option to keep open, and is sustainable without using tax revenue to fund it.

Hanson said the facility, owned by Vetter Health Services, employees 51 people, which makes it extremely important to the city's economy.

Vetter Heath Services owns 31 facilities in five Midwest states, including 23 in Nebraska. The company owns Heritage Estates in Scottsbluff and Highland Park Care Center in Alliance.

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