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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 17, 2008
Contact: Greg Wilkinson, (907) 269-7285, Cell (907) 382-7032
gregory.wilkinson@alaska.gov
Ann Potempa, (907) 269-7957, Cell (907) 240-9158
ann.potempa@alaska.gov

State assumes temporary management of long-term care facility

State revokes license of RainDance Healthcare Group, Inc.

(Anchorage, AK)— On Dec. 18, 2008, a team from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services served a notice of immediate license revocation to RainDance Healthcare Group, Inc., licensees of the Mary Conrad Center in Anchorage. The department immediately assumed temporary management of the facility.

“Our first and top priority is for the care and safety of the 88 residents,” Health and Social Services Commissioner Bill Hogan said. “Our goal is to maintain a continuity of service, avoiding any further disruption in the residents’ lives. We will assess each person’s situation and ensure that they receive the best possible care.”

An inspection of the facility by state officials with the office of Certification and Licensing last week revealed conditions which the state believed to present an “immediate danger to the health, safety or welfare” of individuals receiving services at the center. The revocation was issued under the authority of Alaska Statute 47.32.130.

“The state has brought in extra staff to assist during this transition,” Hogan said. “We will be running the facility temporarily while giving RainDance the opportunity to work through the appeal process.”

A press conference will be held this afternoon beginning at 1:30 p.m. in Suite 880 of the Frontier Building, 3601 C St., in Anchorage.

For more information about the state’s action, visit http://www.hss.state.ak.us/longtermcare.htm .

Audio from today’s press conference

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