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Nursing home proposal given more time
May 03, 2013 · Jake Krob

There's no decision yet about plans for a Lisbon nursing home.

The State Health Facilities Council met Thursday, April 25, in Des Moines, and was faced with a decision on a proposal by ABCM Corporation to build a 64-bed nursing home in Lisbon. Specifically, the council was being asked to approve a Certificate of Need - that a nursing home is needed in this area.

Typically, the council makes a decision on the day a hearing is held on proposals.

In this case, ABCM was given more time.

Barb Nervig, the state's Certificate of Need program manager, said ABCM requested an extension to provide additional information to the council before it makes a decision.

The request was granted. A new date for a hearing hasn't been set, but Nervig said the council's next meeting will likely be in October.

ABCM, which is based in Hampton, operates Hallmark Care Center and Cherry Ridge Independent & Assisted Living in Mount Vernon. The company has been wanting to expand Hallmark, but has been met with challenges. That's included the Hwy. 30 project, which resulted in the loss of some of Hallmark's land. ABCM has filed a lawsuit related to that issue.

ABCM is proposing an $8.4 million, 64-bed facility in Lisbon, which could create nearly 40 full-time equivalent jobs.

The first hurdle the company must get over is approval from the State Health Facilities Council, which rules on the Certificate of Need. It's up to the applicant, ABCM, to prove that more nursing home space is needed in this area.

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