RC Rehabilitation to end services

ROGERS CITY – Rogers City Rehabilitation Hospital will discontinue its inpatient services on Nov. 1 and add new services in the future.

The hospital has been in operation for nearly 20 years, and is licensed for 36 acute care beds, according to a release from the hospital and its owner, Extendicare Health Services. The demand for the type of care the regional facility provides has declined.

“As a result, we have made the decision to discontinue offering inpatient services at Rogers City Rehabilitation Hospital and to transition the space to provide new health and wellness services that are greatly needed in our community,” Extendicare CEO and President Tim Lukenda said in the release.

Rogers City Rehabilitation also has been impacted by Medicare regulations that require would-be patients to have certain diagnoses before they can be admitted, Cindy McDonald, Extendicare Medical Services regional director of operations, said.

Any patients remaining at the hospital by Nov. 1 will be placed in care settings that best meet their needs with the help of local medical professionals, McDonald said.

“Based on the diagnoses (of current patients), I don’t feel we will have any patients in the hospital at the time,” she said.

The hospital has 52 full- and part-time employees, according to the release. Some will be needed for outpatient services, McDonald said, although the exact number is not yet known. Extendicare will work with those who will lose their jobs to find positions for them in four of its other facilities in the area.

This includes Rogers City Tendercare, McDonald said. The 106-bed skilled nursing center attached to the hospital won’t be affected by the change, and will keep its inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services and provide post-acute and long-term skilled nursing care, according to the release.

Michigan Works also will help hospital employees with job placement, and Extendicare will work with other area health care providers to find openings, McDonald said.

Extendicare plans to bring new services to the hospital, and is working with local medical professionals to determine which will benefit Presque Isle County, McDonald said. The company will host a community evening in the future to ask area residents what these services should be.

While the hospital will no longer provide inpatient services to the community, McDonald said she believes it will gain others that will enable it to serve more in the area.

“We want the community to know … we are focused on helping people live better, and we appreciate everybody’s support in the transition,” she said. “We’re looking for ways to provide wellness services in the community that can benefit everyone and provide jobs. That’s our main concern.”

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