The Oaks at Forest Bay Closure
May 18th, 2020
It is with a heavy heart that we inform our residents, family members, employees and supportive community of providers that we have made the difficult decision to cease operations at The Oaks at Forest Bay. Our target date of closure is July 31st, 2020.
As you may recall, we acquired this facility along with two other facilities in the state of Washington in October 2017. Despite the multitude of challenges the facility faced, we believed that along with the staff and residents our small, family-run company could help Forest Bay overcome the regulatory and financial challenges that had plagued it for so many years.
Since acquiring this care center, Forest Bay has been a primary focus for our company. Countless hours, energy, financial and clinical resources were devoted to this facility to help it succeed. Ultimately, due to insurmountable regulatory complexity and significant Medicaid funding shortfalls, we’ve made the difficult decision to close.
As our focus turns to winding things down at Forest Bay, our attention shifts to the residents and staff that will be affected by this decision. Our primary goal at this time will be to find caring homes for over sixty COVID-free residents that will need to find a new home that meets their clinical and personal needs and allows them to continue to be safe and happy.
Second only to our resident’s safety and well-being is our staff. We appreciate so much our heroic caregivers that have devoted their lives to the care of vulnerable adults. We are keenly interested in our employees being able to land softly at a new facility that desperately needs their services, especially during these difficult times that demands heroes in healthcare. Many of these staff will find employment at our company with sister facilities.
Our hearts go out to the residents and families that are affected most by this decision. Closing a facility never comes at a good time, but these are particularly challenging times due to COVID. We are committed to working with residents and families to personalize placement in the coming months. We have notified all family members, residents, and staff today and official notices will be mailed out on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 to affected agencies, residents and families.
On behalf of our entire organization, words cannot express the depth of gratitude that we feel for each one of you. To our residents, we love and care about you and have endeavored to provide you the highest level of care these past few years. To our loyal employees, especially those that have been here through it all…THANK YOU for sticking with us and sharing our vision to create an environment where are residents could be safe and happy and our employees could thrive. We concede that it has not been easy; however, it is our fervent hope that each of you will emerge stronger and wiser for your time employed here. From the bottom of our hearts we express our love and admiration for each of you and wish you the very best.
We will be holding a series of informational video conferences to share details and logistics about the closure. Any interested parties are welcome to participate on May 27th at 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM. If you are interested in attending, please register online here to fill out a form to receive the login information.
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