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Thanksgiving eve reprieve for Hainkel Home for elderly

New Orleans, La. -

The Hainkel Home and Rehabilitation Center and over 100 of its employees have won a Thanksgiving eve reprieve.  A federal judge has ruled that the care facility for the elderly on Henry Clay Avenue shall remain open, at least for now.

It's been three years since the Jindal administration sent shockwaves through this Uptown home for seniors with a closure order.  The Hainkel Home has been an Uptown mainstay since 1891.  Now it looks like it will remain so.

"They were going to yank our provider agreement and cut us off from Medicaid funds before we went through the appellate process," said Hainkel home attorney James Cobb.

The ruling culminated in a lengthy court fight.  It will provide relief to nearly 100 elderly residents.

"What's equally important, 130 employees won't lose their jobs on the day before Thanksgiving," said Cobb.

The Hainkel Home closure order isn't the only pushback against recent state closure orders. Republican leaders on the North Shore have joined those protesting the closure of Southeast Louisiana Hospital, and in the legislature Republican lawmakers are questioning the use of one-time proceeds from the sale of properties like the New Orleans Adolescent Hospital.

For now at least, the Hainkel Home stays open.   But the state is now indicating it will appeal. 

Kristen Sunde with the state's Department of Health and Hospitals issued this statement:

Our first priority is to protect the health and safety of the residents of the Hainkel Home, which is why we intend to appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. We cannot comment further on pending litigation; however, we continue to move forward with revocation of Hainkel's license, which is a separate action from the court proceedings.

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