New sprinklers for nursing home
Install a new safety system or risk being shut down. That's the order Albany officials said came from federal officials for the county-run nursing home. Now, new sprinklers are on the way, but YNN's Lori Chung has more on why leaders are hoping the upgrade doesn't leave plans for a new facility all wet.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Albany County is ordered to shell out more than a half million dollars for an upgrade at the nursing home, as efforts to build a new facility drag on.
Officials said the county will spend about $648,000 to install a new sprinkler system. The overhaul is part of a federal safety requirement. The new system must be installed by August of 2013.
However, officials had hoped to avoid the expense by getting a waiver, while waiting on approval from the Department of Health to build a new facility.
Officials said the nursing home would have been shut down if they failed to install the new sprinklers.