Temple: VA holds job fair for displaced healthcare workers

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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) The Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Medical Center in Temple hosted a job fair Monday for medical workers displaced by the Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing by Little River Healthcare Holdings LLC and seven affiliated companies.

The company filed on July 24 for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, but the filed a motion on Nov. 30 to convert the cases to Chapter 7 bankruptcies in which assets are sold off to pay creditors.

The move resulted in closures of clinics and hospitals in Bell and Milam counties.

“I was very sad, I loved by job,” former Little River Healthcare employee Linzy Kaderka said.

She was among the hundreds of other former employees who attended the job fair at the hospital.

“We are looking for physicians, nurses, registered nurses, LVN administrative medical people and others,” Central Texas VA human resource officer Jim Apley said.

“Our goal is to fill our positions with experienced caregivers like these folks here,” he said.

Patients and staff say the closures have devastated them.

“It has not been good, there's Christmas so this has been sad. We did get paid and we were nervous that we weren't going to get our last check but we did and that's helpful,” Kaderka said.