The Wabash Skilled Care closed its doors on January 15. Located on the 3rd floor of Wabash County Hospital, residents of Skilled Care utilize the facility for anything from a short-term stay for rehabilitation following surgery or illness or as their permanent home.
Wabash Skilled Care opened in 1990 and was managed by an outside company. When that company decided to end its lease in 1993, WCH officials chose to take it over.
The decision to close the unit was made in September.
“This was not a decision that came easily or one that was taken lightly,” explained WCH President & CEO Marilyn Custer-Mitchell. “It was the result of many months of planning and consideration.”
One of the determining reasons for closing the unit was the opening of a new long-term care facility by the name of Wellbrooke of Wabash.
“Wellbrooke will be located on the same campus as our potential replacement hospital. Though functioning independently, the two entities will be close enough to one another that we believed it would be a duplication of services to continue to provide a skilled nursing unit,” Custer-Mitchell said.
All residents of Wabash Skilled Care were relocated prior to the closing, and all staff members were offered positions at Wellbrooke. WCH officials noted that securing employment for its approximately 15 employees was a top priority in the decision making process.
A farewell reception was held in Skilled Care. Numerous people stopped by to wish staff well and share memories.