In this photo taken April, 7, 2011, Michael Yanul, 58, one of the last seven long-term patients at Oak Forest Hospital in Oak Forest, Ill., lays in the bed where he has lived for the past 17 years ... more 
In this photo taken April, 7, 2011, Michael Yanul, 58, one of the last seven long-term patients at Oak Forest Hospital in Oak Forest, Ill., lays in the bed where he has lived for the past 17 years with muscular dystrophy hooked up to a ventilator. In a bid to cut costs, Cook County plans to close the hospital on Chicago’s south suburbs later this year. If it closes, Yanul will have to move to a nursing home. Studies examining nursing home care for patients like Yanul show the amount of time nurses spend with patients is the key to preventing potentially deadly problems. An analysis of federal data last year found Illinois' for-profit nursing homes had the lowest average staffing level in the nation. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By M. Spencer Green
Fri, Apr 15, 2011 11:34 AM EDT