CODE RED: Amid closures, nursing homes fight for survival

Updated 11 a.m. on June 21.

ON DUTY: From left, Kathleen Gerber, executive director at Cherry Hill Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation in Johnston; Donna LaBonte, a certified nursing assistant; and Dorothy Bishop, a medical technician, check computer records at the nursing home. Cherry Hill and most other Rhode Island nursing homes are struggling through financial difficulties made worse by a severe labor shortage. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
ON DUTY: From left, Kathleen Gerber, executive director at Cherry Hill Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation in Johnston; Donna LaBonte, a certified nursing assistant; and Dorothy Bishop, a medical technician, check computer records at the nursing home. Cherry Hill and most other Rhode Island nursing homes are struggling through financial difficulties made worse by a severe labor shortage. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020, the staff at Cherry Hill Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Johnston worked in fear that they would spread the deadly virus among the center’s elderly residents. They also feared they might carry the virus home to their families. After all, numerous residents…

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