EUREKA – Locals came out to protest in support of the patients affected by Rockport’s closure of the 3 skilled nursing facilities.
The day the State approved to close the three facilities, locals immediately took action with protests, expressing their concern.
Representatives from Rockport, the North Coast Peoples Alliance, and community members took to the streets, voicing their opposition.
Gathering on K and 5th St. family members, supporters, and advocates lined the pavement to get the message out about the closure of the three nursing home facilities.
Austin Allison whose running against John Fullerton for Eureka City Council has been following the closure very closely, and says he won’t stand for false information.
“We’re here to set the record straight and just try and educate the public, family members, and residents of these homes as to why they’re actually closing. Bottom line, it’s corporate greed,” says Allison.
“I can’t fathom someone coming in and banging on the States door and saying give us more money, when you’ve provided sub-standard care,” said North Coast Peoples Alliance, ALLEN McCloskey.
Allison says that the Peoples Alliance has reached out to Shlomo, owner of Rockport but haven’t got much of an answer.
The 5 skilled nursing facility representatives who work with the patients on a daily basis were in attendance.
“I’m hoping that, us coming out today will show Partnership that we don’t want to see closures happen,” said Admissions Director of the 5 Skilled Nursing Homes, Trudy Bean.
“We feel Partnership has an obligation to step up to the table and not just walk away,” said Marketing Director of the Nursing Homes, Joseph Reis.
“Hopefully they’ll realize that we do honestly really care about what happens to our patients. We don’t want to see them displaced from this community,” said Bean.
One patient says it’s important for these nurses to be paid higher wages to keep them.
“The nurses, they all need more money because they quit now, because they’re not making enough money here. Not enough to pay their bills or anything,” says Fortuna Patient, Robert Black.
Plans for closure of the three nursing home facilities have been approved by the State and are still underway.