State Health Department pulls plug on Highland assisted living center

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(credit: Kevin VanMeter)

HIGHLAND – The State Health Department has suspended the operating certificate of the New Village View/Highland Assisted Living facility in Highland “to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the more than 40 residents,” spokeswoman Jill Montag said Tuesday.

(credit: Kevin VanMeter)

The commissioner’s emergency order suspends operations for 60 days.    The order required the immediate relocation of the residents to maintain their safety. That was completed over the weekend.

“Although relocating residents is a very difficult decision, the department determined that it was in the best interest of the residents after carefully examining all options and in light of serious building and environmental safety concerns identified by both the Department of Health and the Town of Lloyd Building Department,” said Montag.

“We have been working hard to minimize the burden on residents by helping them stay connected with their families and community and ensuring they receive the proper level of care,” she said. “As there are active and open investigations surrounding this matter, we cannot comment further.”