Pinehurst Nursing Home, a nursing home in North Carolina, closed its doors Friday after it was found to be violating federal health standards.
The hospital is the second nursing home to shut its doors this year, and its closure is one of the worst tragedies for the state in a decade.
The Pinehurst facility is in the rural town of Pines, just south of Asheville.
The nursing home was opened by the Pines County Department of Health in 2000.
A spokesman for the Pinehurst Health System, which operates the facility, said in a statement that the facility is currently under a state investigation and will not reopen until it is fully compliant.
The health department said it has been unable to determine the cause of the incident.
The statement said that Pinehurst’s facility was located in the same county where another nursing home closed.
The state has since begun a multiyear investigation to determine how the two facilities operated, and it will work with the health department to determine what action will be taken, the statement said.
The closure of the Pinehill facility is the latest in a series of nursing home closures nationwide.
The National Nursing Home Association has reported an average of about four nursing home closings a year for the past decade, according to a recent analysis by the organization.
The association reported the closures are affecting the country’s nursing homes at a time when nursing homes are facing an uptick in demand.
The organization has said the nursing homes closures have hurt the economy and negatively impacted people who are on Medicare.
The latest closures were announced by President Donald Trump on Twitter.
“So sad to see the Pinehills closing its doors for good,” Trump wrote.
“This is a tragic loss to the community, and we are doing everything we can to help them through this time.”
Read more: http://abcn.ws/2pX0CfM The Associated Press contributed to this report.