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NKY lawmakers urge support for bill that would create jobs

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FORT THOMAS, KY (FOX19) - Northern Kentucky lawmakers and elected officials are urging the Kentucky Senate to approve legislation that would make way for two new nursing homes in the area.

The nursing homes would be built in Campbell and Boone counties and create 500 new jobs. Carespring owns the state license for 286 nursing home beds in Campbell County and plans to build tow smaller nursing homes by moving half the beds to Boone County and building a new facility in Cold Spring, investing $50 million in the two nursing homes.

However, existing law prohibits moving nursing home beds across county lines. In an effort to allow the nursing home to be built, Rep. Dennis Keene and Rep. Sal Santoro have attached a provision to a bill that was passed in the Kentucky House. The bill is now under consideration in the Senate.

Carespring officials say they are ready to begin work on the nursing homes as soon as there is legislative approval.

"Our region needs these jobs and there is a growing need for health care facilities to provide quality services for our aging population," said Barry Bortz, Carespring CEO.

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