800 nursing home workers laid off from Bob Dean's facilities
The licenses were revoked after nursing home residents were evacuated to a Tangipahoa Parish warehouse during Hurricane Ida. The Associated Press reported that 15 residents died after the evacuation, though some may not be related to the storm or warehouse, and LDH has called the conditions unsafe and inhumane.
A class-action lawsuit has also been filed against Dean, alleging that the nursing home residents "called out to the representatives of defendants for food, water, medicine, and to be relieved of their soiled diapers, clothes and bed linens (for those who were provided linens) but their calls went unanswered."
All seven of the facilities filed Wage Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) notices with the Louisiana Workforce Commission, which is required during instances of mass layoffs.
At least 826 employees have been laid off across all seven facilities. In the WARN notices, the facilities called the revocation of the licenses "temporary," and said the decision was being appealed.
"We are hopeful that after a hearing, the LA DHH will reconsider its ruling and the affected employees will be re-hired," the letters said.
The notices also said the employees were paid for their work during the evacuation, including "generous bonuses and daily rates."
"It is our hope that these payments will lessen the impact of the mass layoff on individual employees and the community as a whole," the notices said.
Here's a breakdown of the layoffs at specific facilities:
Maison DeVille Nursing Home in Houma laid off 152
Maison DeVille Nursing Home of Harvey laid off 94
St. Elizabeth’s Caring in Harvey laid off 137
Park Place Healthcare in Gretna laid off 137
River Palms Nursing and Rehab in New Orleans laid off 158
Maison Orleans Health Care Center laid off 178
South Lafourche Nursing and Rehab laid off 107