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Sites for nursing homes to be discussed

The state will hold a public meeting Thursday to discuss potential sites for two nursing homes. The meeting will begin at noon in Room 215 of the state Department of Veterans Affairs regional office, 9500 Bay Pines Blvd.

The five-member committee is considering 13 sites in north and southwest Florida, according to Cat Mills, director of public information. State officials plan to complete the nursing homes by 2002.

There already are two 120-bed state veterans nursing homes, one in Daytona Beach and another in Land O'Lakes, the latter serving Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties. A third home, in Pembroke Pines, is slated to be completed by the end of the year.

Like the Pembroke Pines and Land O'Lakes facilities, the next two homes will have 60 beds exclusively for Alzheimer's patients, Mills said.

"We have more than 300,000 veterans who are 75 or over and almost 1-million are over 65, so our requirements for long-term care are critical," Mills said.

For information, call Mills at (727) 319-7432.

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