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News 4 Investigates: Low-income seniors affected by healthcare center shutdown

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Peggy, right, and Ken Hall have been married for 63 years. They are affected by the shutdown of the healthcare facility. (Credit: The Hall Family) Peggy, right, and Ken Hall have been married for 63 years. They are affected by the shutdown of the healthcare facility. (Credit: The Hall Family)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A healthcare center for low-income senior citizens in south St. Louis is shutting down.

The closure of the Alexian Brothers Community Services Facility follows an investigation in the fall that revealed a series of violations by the center.

This news raises major questions for approximately 200 people who receive care at the facility as well as another 100 employees who will lose their jobs.

The violations found at the facility included failure to provide necessary items and services to its patients. The investigation also found the center wasn't keeping accurate records.

News 4 spoke with a family that's says they've benefited tremendously from the care provided from the facility.

They said they think this move is about money and not the treatment of patients.          

Peggy and Ken Hall are a testament to their wedding vows.

"We' have been married since 1962 and we're going to celebrate our 55th in august of this year,” Peggy said.

Especially the part about staying true to each other in sickness and in health.

"All these years later. Here we are. It takes a lot of work," Peggy said.

Ken has been sick for nearly two decades.

"He had a stroke. Chronic lung disease. Chronic circulatory disease. Diabetes,” Chris Hall, their daughter-in-law, explained.

For 15 years, Ken has received treatment through programs of all-inclusive care for the elderly, otherwise known as PACE.

It's a Medicaid program for low income seniors who need primary healthcare, social services, and nutritional counseling

“They called and said they were going to shut the doors in a month,” Chris said.

What was the explanation?

“That the state was shutting them down,” Chris said.

In November 2015, centers for Medicare and Medicaid services said it found eight violations at Ascension Health's Alexian Brothers Community Services on South Grand relating to its pace program.

In conjunction, Alexian Brothers submitted a plan to fix the issues. Four months later, the fix appears to be closing the facility.

A frustrating and confusing decision for the Hall's, who speak glowingly about the care they've received through the pace program.

"Unfortunately my father-in law has cancer now,” Chris said. “This makes it very difficult now because now he's dying and all the people who cared for him for the last 15 years are not going to be here for the last of his life and it's devastating.”

News 4 reached out to Ascension Health for a response. A spokesperson said Ascension is working with government agencies to ensure a smooth transition for the pace programs participants.

Their care remains Acensions top priority. As for the healthcare workers losing their jobs, News 4 was told in addition to severance pay, Ascension is working to find them work at other St. Louis based facilities.

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