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40 years ago: Local nursing home given second chance

May 5, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 5, 1973:

  • A local nursing home which had appeared doomed to license revocation had been given a second chance. After "significant changes" had taken place at the Wakarusa Manor Nursing Home, 1800 W. 27th Street, the state health department had decided instead to hold an open meeting with the administrators, local health officials, and the news media. The home's administrator had been dismissed, more nurses were in the process of being hired, and a major cleanup by a professional firm had been scheduled. "We decided to give them an opportunity to prove themselves, at least for a short time to come," said Richard Swanson, director of the medical facilities section of the state health department.
  • A local Boy Scout had been diagnosed with Rocky Mountain spotted fever, an unusual disease in this area, according to Dr. Raymond Schwegler, acting Douglas County public health director. The boy was reportedly "doing very well but has been quite ill," said Dr. Schwegler, adding a warning to residents to avoid ticks and to remove them quickly if they appeared on the skin.

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