Employees and family members of patients at Vincentian Regency nursing home gathered today in North Park to draw attention to the uncertainty surrounding the future of the McCandless facility.
Theresa Pefferman, a unit secretary at the facility and unit president of the employee union, said Vincentian Collaborative Services stopped taking new patients at Regency in March. The skilled rehabilitation unit is empty, and patients are being moved from another wing of the facility, which was built in the 1960s.
"We've asked, `What are your intentions with the building?' We've asked over and over. We don't get any answers," she said. "The family members are very upset because you walk in there and it is very bleak. You come in on the first floor and there are no residents. It's like a ghost town."
Regency employees are members of the United Steelworkers Union, which sent several representatives to the rally and picnic.
Vincentian Regency was built in 1966. In 2010, it was one of 12 nursing homes statewide awarded an Excellence in Quality Care Award by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and the Office of Long-Term Living.