11/20/13 — Waylin Life Care closing

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Waylin Life Care closing

By Josh Ellerbrock
Published in News on November 20, 2013 1:46 PM

The Waylin Life Care Center is in the process of closing down and discharging residents after plans were scrapped to build a new facility.

"We are in the process of finding placements. We're consulting with family members and the radius they would like to travel and where they would like to find themselves," said facility administrator Tammy Herring.

The Waylin Life Care Center, an assisted living facility located at 600 Smith Chapel Road, averages an occupancy of about 67 residents but has a capacity for 104. The Center started shutting down about two weeks ago. The longtime assisted living facility has been operated as Waylin since February 2012.

Mrs. Herring explained that a combination of a facility too large for their numbers and cutbacks in Medicaid reimbursements pushed Waylin to plan to build a new, more efficient facility that would only accept private pay, but those plans were halted.

Family members are placing residents of Waylin at other facilities in Wallace, Goldsboro, Dudley, Warsaw and New Bern.

Waylin had approximately 30 employees. Some of those have found new jobs, while others are retiring, Mrs. Herring said.

The Waylin Life Care Center property is owned by George Kornegay. The business is managed by Sovran Management of Florida.

"The Kornegays wanted to keep helping the community, but financially, some things don't really work out," Mrs. Herring said.