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Whispering Pines

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Built: N/A | Abandoned: 2009
Status: Demolished
Photojournalist: AbandonedOK TeamBilly Dixon

Residents of Whispering Pines Nursing Center and their families say that closing the home is not in their best interest.
As of Thursday, the nursing home at 501 E Robinson lost its certification to receive Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements due to deficiencies in care found by state inspectors. The home will be shut down within 30 days, and its 128 residents will have to relocate.
“It’s not right,” James Young, 72, of Oklahoma City said. “My wife gets excellent care here. When I heard it was going to have to close my stomach dropped — I couldn’t believe it.”
Anna Young, 73, said she’s lived there for more than two years and doesn’t want to move.
Residents, frustrated family members and teary-eyed staff filled the center’s dining room Thursday for an informal meeting to discuss what will happen next.
Representatives from the state Health Department, Adult Protective Services and other advocacy groups were there to address concerns and offer a list of 60 other nursing homes in the five-county area.
Whispering Pines nurse Tracy Cody has worked there for 14 years. She said her only concern is for her displaced patients.
“I’ll find another job, because there’s always work for nurses,” Cody said. “This is home for them and leaving it won’t be easy.”
Bill Nieber of Norman said Whispering Pines is about 2 miles from his home and a convenient distance for his children to visit their mother. He said his wife has gotten better care in the four years she’s live there than when she’s been in hospitals.
Nieber said there’s no space in nearby nursing homes. He said if she has to move to a home farther away, they may not be able to visit as frequently.
“I question whether anybody who wants this place closed down has really thought about what this is doing to families,” Nieber said.
Ron Edlin, 66, of Broken Arrow said there are very few homes that would be willing to accept his mentally ill, 37-year-old son. Edlin said his son has been at Whispering Pines for eight months.
“We can’t care for him at home,” Edlin said. “And he was starting to get stabilized here and now this. I don’t have a clue what we’re going to do now.”

Read more at NewsOK.com

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melissa
melissa
10 years ago

how sad..i worked in the home from 1972-75 as a med nurse..it was rosewood manor then..clean and very well run. ben primrose owned it then…..sad very sad.

Henry Kissinger
Henry Kissinger
Reply to  melissa
9 months ago

Thats weird since it opened in 1977.

Last edited 9 months ago by Henry Kissinger
melissa
melissa
Reply to  Henry Kissinger
7 months ago

well…i was there, and i can read and write…1977 is a wrong date……

hailey
hailey
6 years ago

um isn,t the SHARPS container a bio-hazard because it still has SHARPS NEEDLES in it !

Anon
Anon
7 years ago

Recently demolished. Torn down completely. I live just around the corner from here.

trackback
9 years ago

[…] wife and I live a couple blocks from Whispering Pines in Norman, and I clearly remember when it was shut down just a couple years ago. No one really saw […]

Rick Prather
Rick Prather
10 years ago

Does anyone know who to contact for Whispering Pines Nursing Center’s to do a photo shoot?

terry
terry
Reply to  Rick Prather
8 years ago

yes call me terry 918-325-2529

Dustin
Dustin
Reply to  Rick Prather
2 years ago

Is it gone now

Wesley
Wesley
10 years ago

What is amazing is that from the photographs, it looks like the electricity is still on. It even looked like the numerical entry pads for the alarm were still active. . .

Some of the equipment, the oxygen cylinders, the meds. the medical waste. . the furniture. . .the broken glass and broken doors. . this place is a disaster waiting to happen. . .

Annalise
Annalise
10 years ago

I remember this place. As a music student at OU I and several of my friends would make the rounds playing at the nursing homes in the area. I only went here once. I'm a little surprised to hear people quoted in the article above because when I went through there it was a shithole. there is no other word for it. The moment you walked in the door the smell of urine hit you so hard it would practically knock you down. Yes I know people in a nursing home have incontinence but I have never been in any… Read more »

Annalise
Annalise
Reply to  Annalise
10 years ago

^ this was in the early 2000's, I want to say 2002-2003.

Hailey
Hailey
Reply to  Annalise
6 years ago

I went in a nursing home last Sunday for a Christmas church survice and the smell almost made me and my nine year old cousin vomit and it looked like the patients were just doing nothing and I think one may have even been dead 🙁 and. It. Looked like no one cared 😮 it was called south pointe nursing and reabilitaion home in southern okc some where 🙁

Snaps Magee
Snaps Magee
10 years ago

They certainly weren't concerned about details. The place closed down in 2009, but the two calendars on display are for 2006 and March 2008! What's sad is all that perfectly good equipment is going to waste. The wheelchairs alone would sell for a few thousand, to say nothing of the medical equipment. And I'm amazed the state doesn't have someone to check through these abandoned medical facilities for hazardous waste, needles, oxygen, and the numerous other materials we see in these photos that will inevitably fall into the hands of squatters.

anon
anon
11 years ago

One of the reasons it was shut down because no one got tested for tubercullosis, and then the d.o.n and a.d.o.n decided to forge the t.b. documents._

FriendofFiend
11 years ago

So how exactly would one get in to take pictures?

Adrian
Adrian
11 years ago

Wow how weird. I live in Norman and I always drove past this place. What a shame.

Tallulah
Tallulah
11 years ago

This is sad. 🙁

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