Kindred Hospital in Modesto to close

Kindred Hospital Modesto will close its doors early next year after efforts to sell the skilled nursing facility were not successful, its parent company announced.

Staff members will meet with patients and their families in the next few days to discuss the process of choosing and moving to a new facility, the company said in a statement released Wednesday.

The nursing facility on 17th Street in downtown Modesto has 64 beds for patients needing long-term care. The company did not say how many patients are currently housed in the hospital.

The closure will result in job losses for 127 employees, according to a notice filed with the county.

Before the facility is closed, Kindred has to comply with a state-approved closure plan for identifying the health needs of patients and moving them to new care facilities.

Kindred Healthcare, based in Louisville, Ky., said last year it was putting the hospital on the market because it was no longer profitable.

“Despite extensive efforts, Kindred was unable to find another health care provider to purchase the facility and unfortunately it is no longer feasible for Kindred to continue its operations,” the company said Wednesday. “As a result, we have made the difficult decision to close Kindred Hospital Modesto.”

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