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Genesis HealthCare: Falmouth Closure 'Nothing to Do With Union'

The company said it's closing the facility for business reasons.

Genesis HealthCare: Falmouth Closure 'Nothing to Do With Union'
Genesis HealthCare, which plans to close its Falmouth Center location in May, said the decision has nothing to do with the local union.

Workers held a rally Wednesday afternoon protesting the closure.

The company said the Falmouth location was too expensive build up to safety standards after it acquired the facility in 2012.

Below is a statement from Genesis:

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Over the past 14 months, Genesis HealthCare has undertaken strategic portfolio management efforts in New England and across the country including renovations, specializations, bed reductions, divestitures, joint ventures, closures and in some cases, complete replacement of centers with new buildings. 

Genesis has closed 4 centers in Massachusetts since fall 2013. All four skilled nursing centers were acquired by Genesis HealthCare from Sun HealthCare in December 2012. Genesis HealthCare closely evaluated its portfolio of centers in every state in which it operates, including Massachusetts. Rosewood Center in Fall RiverHammond Center in Worcester and Glenwood Center in Lowell were all closed for the same reason. The physical plants of each of these three centers were not up to Genesis standards. The centers required massive renovations and structural improvements to meet the safety and comfort requirements that are patients and families expect. Therefore, the decision was made to close them.

Falmouth Nursing Care Center in Falmouth has recently received approval from the State of Massachusetts to close. Genesis is closing Falmouth Center for strategic business reasons and due to the highly competitive Cape Cod long-term care market.

In the coming weeks, we will hold information sessions for patients and families to discuss the alternative care options that are available. Our first session was held last night. In addition, we will work personally with each family to make the transition as smooth as possible and will continue our excellent patient care activities during this process until all of our residents are transferred safely. 

Falmouth employees are encouraged to apply for open positions at other Genesis centers. 

The closing of these centers has nothing to do with the union. Genesis has worked closely with SEIU for many years inMassachusetts and in many other states. We enjoy a collaborative relationship with SEIU whereby we do everything we can do together to ensure that great patient care is continuously provided at our centers. We are working together currently to try to increase funding to the nursing home industry because we have received no Medicaid rate increase in 6+ years; the lack of a rate increase has placed tremendous pressure on the nursing home industry in general.

Genesis is known for paying fair wages. In fact, the average wage of a CNA at most of our centers in Massachusetts is greater than $16/hour, not including overtime. The health insurance plans offered to Genesis employees are comparable to the plans offered by other providers in the industry and in discussions with union representatives, we have explained that the Genesis health insurance plan is similar to the Obama Silver Plan. Employees were encouraged to compare the two.

In sum, the long term care industry is facing enormous challenges but Genesis is committed to continuing to provide excellent and compassionate care for all of its residents and patients and to ensuring that the working environment for all of our employees continues to be one of dignity and respect.

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