Future is uncertain at the Geriatric Authority

Holyoke, Mass. (WWLP) – This morning, the future of the Geriatric Authority of Holyoke is uncertain.

Employees told 22News they don’t know how they’re going to pay bills as they wait for their paycheck.

They said they just want to know if they should look for another job.

On Friday night, the Board of Directors met for a three hour closed-door meeting.

When they got out, they did not want to speak to 22News.

All they said, in a statement, was that they promised to pay employees by next Thursday.

They said the future of the facility is uncertain.

The unionized nurses at Geriatric Authority were first told there was a five-day delay on their checks.

Now it looks like it’s going to be that full week.

Sharon Santiago told 22news, “Our question is, do we have a job? Do we have money? Should we start looking? and they’ll get back to us next Thursday… It’s a big hassle for us, so not only can we not pay our bills, then we have to run around and fix things so it’s frustrating.”

In the middle of this problem, the Board of Directors Chair, Patty Devine, resigned. her resignation effective immediately.

We do know the Board voted to ask the Department of Public Health to review its closing plan submitted more than 3 years ago.

Devine and other Board members left the meeting without clarifying if that meant they were planning on closing the facility.

They will meet again on Monday, March 3rd.

Stay with 22News as we follow this controversy and find out if nurses will get paid.

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