Central Montana Medical Center Announces Intent to Lease Skilled Nursing Center

Central Montana Medical Center Announces Intent to Lease Skilled Nursing Center

Central Montana Medical Center (CMMC) has agreed in principal to lease its Skilled Nursing Center to EmpRes Healthcare pending final approval by both Boards. This change is being pursued for financial reasons and continued long term viability. As a Critical Access Hospital CMMC is penalized financially by Medicare since it owns a nursing home.

“Unfortunately, the past several years, CMMC has been faced with significant financial challenges in the nursing home,” said Christopher Noland, CEO/Administrator of CMMC. “While change brings uncertainty, it often times, accompanies positive results. We are confident in EmpRes, and that they will continue to provide five-star care to our residents. They have multiple facilities which allows for economies of scale that can reduce costs more than a single operation can realize.”

EmpRes Healthcare is a 100% employee owned company. Its affiliated companies have operated skilled nursing and post-acute care centers in the State of Montana since 1997 and currently operates centers in Laurel, Livingston, Missoula, Hot Springs and Polson.

Brent Weil, Chief Operations Officer for EmpRes Healthcare in Vancouver, Washington, said “This lease acquisition aligns with our Motto, Our Commitment to Caring, in that it will allow our company to offer nursing home services in central Montana. We look forward to being able to continue the care and services currently being delivered.”

It is anticipated that the majority of staff at Central Montana Skilled Nursing Center will join the EmpRes Healthcare team so current patients and family members will continue to receive care without disruption. No near term plans exist to change pricing or services so the transition should be transparent. The goal to accomplish the transition is November 1st , 2014.

EmpRes Healthcare operates 47 licensed nursing homes, post-acute and rehabilitation centers, assisted living communities, personal care services and home health agencies in California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. More information can be found about EmpRes Healthcare by visiting www.empres.com.

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