The New York State Department of Health has approved a plan for the Fairchild Manor Nursing Home in Lewiston to close and cease operations.

According to the approved plan, all of the nearly 80 residents will be relocated to other nursing home facilities as soon as possible. Every resident will have the option of remaining in a facility in Niagara County, if they choose to do so.

DOH has surveyed the area’s nursing homes to determine vacant bed count, and will make every effort to place residents in an appropriate facility and level of care as close to the Fairchild Manor Nursing Home as possible.

“The Department of Health will be working to minimize the impact of this closure as much as possible while ensuring that every current resident has options to receive the appropriate care,” said State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H.

DOH will work closely with the leadership from the nursing home to monitor activities as the closure plan commences. This work will include onsite daily visits and daily correspondence. The nursing home will continue operations until the last resident is safely relocated to the most appropriate placement site.

The owner of Fairchild Manor, Amherst businessman Marc Korn, is facing federal charges, according to Channel 4 News. Korn is accused of embezzling as much as a million dollars from a charity that he chaired and nursing homes he owns.

Earlier this month, workers at the Lewiston nursing home and another Korn owns in Batavia, tried to cash paychecks that bounced, and some of the money deducted from their checks didn't go where it was intended.

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