Norfolk Care and Rehabilitation Staff Staying Positive Through Receivership

Norfolk Care and Rehabilitation Staff Staying Positive Through Receivership
Norfolk Care and Rehabilitation Center, one of the facilities placed under receivership on Friday 3/24

NORFOLK — While employees of Norfolk Care and Rehabilitation are scrapping to stay afloat at home, they continue to provide essential care at work.

The 71 employees of the nursing and assisted living center have been without a paycheck since March 9th and aren’t guaranteed pay until April 6th after the facility’s New Jersey-based owner, Cottonwood Healthcare, was unable to make payroll.

Administrator Kay Vanness says it’s been difficult for staff but not one worker has missed a shift.

“We have such a great team here… that we pulled together and support each other,” Vanness said.  “I think that speaks volumes that they still are walking in the doors to take care of the residents.”

The Norfolk facility plus 20 other senior care centers in the state were put in receivership last Friday.  The state approved Klaasmeyer and Associates in Omaha as managers of the centers until a long-term plan is drafted.  

Director of Nursing Amanda Pospisil says management was blindsided by the problems.  She first heard about the payroll failures from the morning shift employees who didn’t get their paychecks.

“They let us know as soon as we got here,” Pospisil said.  “We hit the floor running to figure out what was going on and it wasn’t until midday that we found out that there was the potential of going into receivership.”

Since the news broke, the community has stepped up to support the staff.  Tyson donated hams, Asera Care gave easter baskets and other nursing homes brought treats.

Amidst all the uncertainty, Pospisil says the employees have grown closer.

“If you walk down the hallways you’re not going to see anyone in a bad mood,” Pospisil said.  “I think that coming together like this has really made us a stronger team.”

But still, staff is eager for their next check and a return to normalcy.

“I think it will give the staff a sense of peace and relief to know that they’re able to care for themselves and their families as well as we’re caring for the residents,” Pospisil said.

That April 6th paycheck will include pay from March 23rd forward but it’s still unclear if workers will be compensated from for the two weeks between the 9th and the 23rd.

You can make a donation to Norfolk Care and Rehabilitation by connecting with their Facebook page or calling the facility.  

The following nursing facilities, all operated by Cottonwood, were placed in receivership:

  • Broken Bow Care and Rehabilitation Center, Broken Bow, Custer County
  • Columbus Care and Rehabilitation Center, Columbus, Platte County
  • Cozad Care and Rehabilitation Center, Cozad, Dawson County
  • Franklin Care and Rehabilitation Center, Franklin, Franklin County
  • Fullerton Care and Rehabilitation Center, Fullerton, Nance County
  • Hartington Care and Rehabilitation Center, Hartington, Cedar County
  • Lakeview Care and Rehabilitation Center, Grand Island, Hall County
  • Nebraska City Care and Rehabilitation Center, Nebraska City, Otoe County
  • Neligh Care and Rehabilitation Center, Neligh, Antelope County
  • Norfolk Care and Rehabilitation Center, Norfolk, Madison County
  • Omaha Metro Care and Rehabilitation Center, Omaha, Douglas County
  • O’Neill Care and Rehabilitation Center, O’Neill, Holt County
  • Park Place Care and Rehabilitation Center, Grand Island, Hall County
  • Plattsmouth Care and Rehabilitation Center, Plattsmouth, Cass County
  • Schuyler Care and Rehabilitation Center, Schuyler, Colfax County
  • Scottsbluff Care and Rehabilitation Center, Scottsbluff, Scotts Bluff County
  • Sidney Care and Rehabilitation Center, Sidney, Cheyenne County
  • Sorensen Care and Rehabilitation Center, Omaha, Douglas County
  • Tekameh Care and Rehabilitation Center, Tekamah, Burt County
  • Valhaven Care and Rehabilitation Center, Valley, Douglas County
  • Wausa Care and Rehabilitation Center, Wausa, Knox County

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