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Eudora Nursing Center changes hands

November 1, 2007

Eudora Development Inc., owner of the Eudora Nursing Center since it opened in 1975, has transferred operations to nursing home operator Medicalodges Inc. The transfer of operations will take place Thursday, and transfer of ownership will take place on or before Jan. 31, 2008.

"We're really pleased that they're coming in and taking over now," Eudora Development President Stan Byrne said.

Medicalodges is employee owned and its aim is to make each location feel small even though the Coffeyville-based company is the 35th largest nursing home operator in the United States.

"The advantage of being employee owned makes the care being provided personal," Medicalodges President Garen Cox said. "None of us work for an owner stationed somewhere else. We benefit directly from providing good care because we keep residents happy. It's an incentive for employees to do a better job, too."

Byrnes said that Medicalodges' style of administration doesn't differ from that of Eudora Development.

"Their ideas on running a nursing home are the same as ours," he said. "Their way of doing things are on the small-scale and they will deal with Eudora as a single location."

Medicalodges will be leasing the nursing center while they wait for their purchase to become final. They do not anticipate any immediate changes being made to the facility.

"Our first intention is to get in there and get to know the residents and the employees," Cox said.

Medicalodges will, however, be applying for Medicare certification.

"We're really happy about that," Byrnes said. "We had talked about it, but we're so small that it would've been cost prohibitive."

Cox said he believed that the timetable for approval could be two to three months.

"A lot of it depends on the Medicare people," he said.

Medicalodges has nursing facilities in 26 towns throughout Kansas, including Gardner, Paola, Leavenworth and Kansas City.

"We are pleased to be a part of the health care delivery system of Eudora and the surrounding communities," Cox said.

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