Rehab center to reopen in April with fewer beds

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A drug rehabilitation facility in Dickson County will reopen in April at a greatly reduced capacity after the state lifted its suspension of admissions that followed the deaths of three patients and concerns about its quality of medical care.

The Tennessean reports that New Life Lodge in Burns will accept only adult patients when it reopens and will have a capacity of 70 beds instead of its previous capacity of 228 beds.

Last year the newspaper reported that two patients died in 2010 and a teenager in state custody died about a week after leaving New Life Lodge.

New Life Lodge Executive Director Randal Lea said they hired a new medical director and a new director of nursing.

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