Wabash County Hospital officials have announced the closing of the Wabash Skilled CareCenter, the 25-bed long-term care unit located on the third floor of the hospital.
“This was not a decision that came easily or one that was taken lightly,” explained WCH President & CEO Marilyn Custer-Mitchell. “It comes following many months of planning and consideration.”
The Skilled CareCenter opened in 1990 and was originally managed by a company based out of Logansport. WCH took over operations in January of 1993. Residents utilize the facility for anything from a short-term stay for rehabilitation following surgery or illness or as their permanent home.
One of the determining reasons for closing the unit was the fact that a new long-term care facility by the name of Wellbrooke of Wabash is currently being built.
“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.
Approximately 15 employees will be affected by the closing. These employees will be offered positions at Wellbrooke. The ability to secure jobs for its employees was a top priority when deciding whether or not to close the unit, Custer-Mitchell noted.
The current residents will be allowed to stay in the facility for as long as possible and will be presented with all of their options for relocation. No date has been set for the closing, but will likely be around the first of the year. It will be timed to coincide with the opening of the Wellbrooke facility.
“We are extremely sympathetic to the fact that the Wabash Skilled CareCenter is home to several people,” Custer-Mitchell said. “Our staff is here to help and support the residents through this transition.”
Custer-Mitchell also noted that the Skilled CareCenter is continuing to accept new residents as long as the unit remains open. If someone requires a short-term stay, the skilled care unit is still a viable option for them, she said.