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Former nursing home owners accept $25 million settlement from state

Rochester Business Journal
August 22, 2012

The former owners of Beechwood Restorative Care Center have agreed to accept $25 million to settle charges that the state unfairly revoked their nursing home’s license in 1999.

The settlement, announced in a special hearing called by U.S. District Judge David Larimer, came as a jury was set to decide what amount should be paid to the facility’s former owners, Olive Chambery and her son Brook Chambery.

The Chamberys sued the state over the 1999 closing in 2002. They won the case in June when the same jury that would have ruled on an award found in their favor. State officials pulled the Beechwood license as payback for challenges they had lodged to regulators’ complaints, the Chamberys contended. 

After the 10-year court fight’s end, Brook Chambery, who had been running the nursing home his parents opened in 1955 when the state shut it down, is now deciding on a future course of action, said his attorney, Kevin Cooman of McConville, Considine, Cooman & Morin P.C.

The settlement closes the door on a painful episode for the Chamberys, Cooman said. In agreeing to the payout, the state “stepped up to the plate” to acknowledge its officials’ past unfair treatment of the nursing home owners, he added. 

<i>(c) 2012 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail service@rbj.net.
 


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Margie Campaigne at 7:58:27 PM on 8/22/2012
This is just up the street from me! I spoke with some former workers after it had closed, and they told the sordid story. I am SO GLAD there is some kind of settlement. That building has been vacant a l-o-n-g time, has been vandalized, and different proposals for its reuse h...  Read More >

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