Facility opens on site where patients died during Katrina
VIOLET (AP) - The former owners of a Louisiana nursing home where 35 patients died during Hurricane Katrina have opened an assisted living facility on the same property.
The New Orleans Advocate reports former St. Rita's Nursing Home owners Salvatore and Mabel Mangano partnered with two others to open The Village at St. Bernard in Violet. A ribbon-cutting for the 36-unit independent- and assisted-living facility was held earlier this week.
Although the other four nursing homes in St. Bernard Parish heeded an evacuation order for Katrina, the Manganos chose to ride out the 2005 storm.
Floodwaters poured through ruptured levees during the storm, filling the one-story facility. Staff helped some residents to the roof, but 35 patients died as waters rose.
The Manganos were acquitted of negligent homicide and cruelty charges in 2007.
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