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Oak Manor Nursing Home Closes, At Least Temporarily

Oak Manor Nursing Home Closes, At Least Temporarily

McKENZIE (July 10) — Oak Manor Nursing Home, a skilled care facility, located on Oak Manor Road, McKenzie closed last week after 50 years of operations.

One local family indicated one of their elderly family members was a patient at Oak Manor. Last Wednesday, the family was advised the facility was closing and the elderly patient was transferred the next day to Douglas Health and Rehabilitation in Milan, a facility under the same ownership. The family member called it an emergency move. Others patients had already been relocated to Douglas and other facilities, said the family member.

The family was happy with the care provided by Oak Manor. The family hopes Oak Manor can soon reopen. Oak Manor had great activities and did many recreational and educational events with the residents, said the family spokesperson.

The facility had sustained low patient numbers in recent years.

The Banner phoned personnel at Oak Manor on Monday. Each of the three calls provided information that Cyndi Milenski, principal owner and president of Cornerstone Health Services Group, is the lone person to answer questions. Repeated phone calls over an 10-day period provided no answers from Oak Manor.

According to information from the Tennessee Department of Health, Health Care Facilities, the management of Oak Manor Nursing Home is in the processing of transferring to new management. A spokesman for the state said management of the local facility discussed the matter with them last week.

According to the state’s website, the McKenzie facility is licensed for up to 65 beds.

Other nursing homes in Carroll County include: Huntingdon Health and Rehab, 120 beds; Life Care of Bruceton, 130 beds; and McKenzie Healthcare and Rehabilitation 99 beds.

Oak Manor was built circa 1967 by Maurice McKinnie. Mary Barnhart was the first director of nursing. It originally had 49 beds and expanded in later years.

Today, Oak Manor is owned by Cornerstone Health Care, a privately owned healthcare organization that owns and manages skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities covering Middle and West Tennessee. The real estate is registered to a separate company, Triple S Health Care Center.

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