Michaud Residential Health helping patients and workers through closure

Fulton facility planning to close in October

FULTON, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton is working to help both patients and workers now that the facility has announced its closing in October.

Right now, 64 of the facility’s 89 beds are full.

Michaud currently has 113 full or part-time workers employed at the facility.

St. Luke Health Services, which took over Michaud Nursing Home from Oswego County 12 years ago, is hoping it can plant all the workers within its network of facilities there.

They plan to meet with non-union workers starting next week and then SEIU 1199.

St. Luke CEO Terry Gorman says, "It is a very painful and difficult decision but the financial realities, as well as the current trends as there is a continuing push for other programs and services that are community based, the reality is it’s something we had to unfortunately make this difficult decision."

A few years ago, Michaud started showing significant losses, $350,000 plus in 2015, last year a $500,000 and this year trending even worse.

He says families are simply opting to place loved ones in places offering things like assisted living rather than nursing homes.

"We see these sorts of programs being developed, not only like assisted living but other home based community initiatives, there's less of a demand for nursing home care," Gorman tells NewsChannel 9.

While targeting an October closure, Gorman says they will not do it until every person at Michaud has been relocated to a provider of their choosing.

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