Harrisburg, May, 7, 2020 – State Senator John Yudichak (I – Luzerne/Carbon) offered the following statement after he participated in the Senate Aging and Youth Committee and Senate Health and Human Services Committee hearing on nursing homes and COVID-19.
“The Life Care Center Nursing Home in Kirkland, Washington was the canary in the coal mine for Pennsylvania nursing homes. Regrettably, the Pennsylvania Department of Health did not act quickly enough to learn the lessons of Kirkland and it has failed to develop a comprehensive statewide nursing home response plan to protect and save lives in Pennsylvania nursing homes.
Recognizing the lack of a state plan, we decided to take action locally to quickly assist struggling nursing homes in NEPA. Two organizations in Luzerne County, the Earth Conservancy and the AllOne Foundation, generously donated $500,000 to establish the NEPA Nursing Home SOS Program.
The NEPA Nursing Home SOS Program is focused on our most vulnerable citizens in this global pandemic — nursing home residents and the staff who care for them.”
To watch Senator Yudichak’s testimony, please visit: https://pasen.wistia.com/medias/flawn55edx
Written Testimony: Senator Yudichak’s Testimony
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