Delaware to permanently close aging state nursing home

 (photo courtesy DHSS)

(photo courtesy DHSS)

Delaware officials have decided to permanently close an aging state-run nursing home where water problems earlier this year forced the relocation of residents to other facilities.


Health and Social Services officials confirmed Tuesday that the Emily P. Bissell Hospital near Wilmington will close.

In February, 48 residents of the 102-bed facility were moved after months of problems with the hot water system culminated in a complete boiler failure. Two other boilers provide heat to the building and hot water to the kitchen, but officials said at the time that it could take as long as six months to replace the failed hot water system.

The hospital was founded in the early 1900s, offering treatment services for people suffering from tuberculosis

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Together we can reach 100% of WHYY’s fiscal year goal