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CHAMPAIGN — Less than four months after buying the former Heartland of Champaign nursing home in the Campustown area, the new owners have filed a notice of intent with the state to close the facility.

The 102-bed home at 309 E. Springfield Ave., C — renamed Champaign Living Center after it changed hands in December — was among three C-U nursing homes recently bought by members of the Rothner family.

The other two included the former Champaign County Nursing Home (renamed University Rehab Center) and the former Helia Healthcare of Champaign (now called Champaign Rehab Center). The sales of those two facilities were finalized April 1.

Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said the state requires a 60-day notice in advance of closing a home, so the Champaign Living Center can't close before June 12.

The facility is working with residents and their families to place residents in new homes that meet their needs, she said.

As of last week, there were 45 residents in that home, according to Administrator Dawn Job.

William "Avi" Rothner, the majority owner of both the Champaign Living Center and Champaign Rehab Center, declined last week to discuss plans for those two properties.


Debra Pressey is a reporter covering health care at The News-Gazette. Her email is, and you can follow her on Twitter (@DLPressey).