Marywood Health Center closes permanently

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The Dominican Sisters, along with clinical partners, have owned and operated Marywood Health Center, for nearly seven years. Courtesy Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids

The Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids announced they made the difficult decision to permanently close Marywood Health Center.

The Dominican Sisters, along with clinical partners, have owned and operated Marywood Health Center, a 49-bed skilled nursing facility located on the Sisters’ Marywood Campus, for nearly seven years but decided to close citing a declining census, low reimbursement rates and reduced hospital referrals due to impact of COVID-19.

“This has been an extremely challenging time for Marywood Health Center,” said Sister Sandra Delgado, prioress for the Dominican Sisters. “It was built and staffed for 49 residents, but now the center is caring for a very small number of individuals. This decline in residents cared for, plus low reimbursement rates and reduced hospital referrals make ongoing operations unsustainable.

“We are deeply saddened by this, but the growing financial difficulties mean that we simply cannot continue to accept and care for patients.”

Although Marywood Health Center is no longer accepting new admissions, it will ensure an orderly, safe discharge of all remaining residents to their homes or another health care facility if needed.

Lucy McBride Poirier, West Michigan vice president of operations for Trinity Senior Services Management, which manages Marywood Health Center, said all concessions will be made for Marywood employees, as well.

“As the facility winds down its operations, all efforts will be made to assist impacted colleagues,” she said. “They will be offered outplacement services, including career counseling and job search assistance.”

Trinity also will provide an employment specialist who will offer information on existing job opportunities at other Trinity facilities locally and nationally and help facilitate the application process. In the event these opportunities do not meet their needs, they will become eligible for unemployment benefits.

Since 2013, Marywood Health Center provided clinical care and rehabilitation therapies for people recovering from illness, injury, stroke or surgery.

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