Four skilled nursing facilities formerly operated by Atrium Health and Senior Living have closed.
The four properties have been under the receivership of Michael Polsky since September, when a court approved the transfer of 33 SNFs and assisted living properties amid financial issues.
“Our main focus at this time is to stabilize the company and ensure that residents continue to receive seamless quality care in the centers from the staff they have come to know,” Polsky said in a statement to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last year. “This plan also helps ensure that all payroll and benefits are provided to employees and that vendors are paid for ongoing services on a timely basis.”
Local television station WSAW first reported that the Weston facility closed on January 25, affecting 28 residents who were placed in new facilities with the help of North Central Health Care Adult Protective Services, a county-run provider.
Polsky — an attorney with the Milwaukee firm of Beck, Chaet, Bamberger & Polsky — brought on the Minneapolis-based Health Dimensions Group as an operational and financial consultant for Atrium. While HDG CEO Erin Shvetzoff Hennessey noted that she could not comment on the closures, she passed along a statement from Polsky to Skilled Nursing News.
“After carefully reviewing all options, the decision was reached to close Atrium Post Acute Care of Appleton, Atrium Post Acute Care of Weston, Atrium Post Acute Care of Chilton and Atrium Post Acute Care of Neenah. Every effort has been made to find new homes for all residents as safely and efficiently as possible,” Polsky said, according to the statement. “The other Wisconsin- and Michigan-based Atrium Health care communities in receivership will remain open and continue to provide quality care and service to their residents.”
Atrium owed its debtors more than $13.5 million at the time a court placed the facilities in receivership, according to the WSAW report, with an additional $2 million in losses incurred between September and January.
At the time of the receivership, Atrium also operated nine SNFs and three assisted living communities in New Jersey; Health Dimensions Group confirmed that those facilities remain outside of the receivership.