No fatalities after tornado hits Mayfield nursing home

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All residents and employees who have been at a Mayfield nursing home within the road to Friday's tornado survived the complete destruction from the building. Management says it's both magic and proof of staff's quick action.

Staff at Mayfield Health insurance and Rehabilitation had about Half an hour between the warning and the tornado that slammed in to the one-story building on Indiana Avenue right before 10 p.m. central time.

Mick Vujanovi'c, chief operating officer at the ClearView Healthcare Management, the facility's parent company, said staff quickly followed plans to move the 74 residents to safety.

\”What's miraculous is, if you see photos of the building, your building was completely leveled, completely destroyed,\” Vujanovi'c said. \”There are ceilings which have collapsed in resident rooms, and hallways. There are pictures of beds with bricks scattered on top of them where probably Half an hour previously, the residents had been over sleeping those beds.\”

As soon as the storm passed, Vujanovi'c said staff switched to recovery mode. Staff in the regional area including Louisville found help pull residents from the wreckage, traveling by bus over streets covered with debris into a city with no lights with no power.

\”It would be a monumental task,\” Vujanovi'c said.

And in the morning local staff – many of whom had suffered great personal loss – were back to help.

\”There were staff members which had lost members of the family 12 hours earlier that were attempting to secure the belongings from the residents they'd cared for,\” Vujanovi'c said. \”It is remarkable the kind of dedication healthcare individuals have.\”

He said the organization is working to provide direct resources to the roughly 80 personnel from the now-devastated facility. They will be guaranteed shifts with the holidays, and ClearView promises to keep each employee on at nearby sister facilities after that.

\”I wish to take care of everybody which was area of the Mayfield community,\” he said. \”And we'll find a spot for each of them.\”

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