DSHS buys Seattle nursing home to treat coronavirus-negative patients

Hospital bed (stock photo).

SEATTLE — The Washington Department of Social and Health Services announced it has bought a Seattle nursing home to treat people who are negative for the new coronavirus.

What was formerly known as Paramount Rehabilitation and Nursing in the Central District was purchased for $13.5 million. It will have as many as 165 beds that can be used for patients who are currently in hospitals, but can be moved to the facility to free up hospital beds and receive the same level of care there.

DSHS said it is looking for a contractor to run the facility and hopes to have it open by the end of April. The nursing home closed earlier this year.

There will also be about 100 job openings for these positions:

  • Nursing: Registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants
  • Food service: Cooks, prep cooks, dishwashers, servers
  • Facilities and Maintenance: General maintenance, landscaping, painting and carpentry,
  • Administration: Managers and supervisors for all of the disciplines listed above, clerical staff, and senior management