by The Associated Press
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- Mum's the word on why the state abruptly closed a North Pole assisted-living center.
The state Division of Public Health's certification and licensing program ordered the evacuation of Forget Me Not Senior Care Homes on Friday.
Program director Karen Darby says the reason for the action can't be disclosed because it's an open investigation.
According to Alaska law, the state can immediately revoke a license if it believes a violation presents an immediate danger to the health, safety or welfare of someone receiving care.
The state's action drew swift criticism from Mayor Doug Isaacson. He says he's dismayed that seniors were placed in unfamiliar situations with no warning.