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Muskegon County closing Brookhaven Medical Care Facility

By Jon Mills/WZZM-TV • Nov 29, 2017 at 11:00 AM

MUSKEGON — The Muskegon County Board of Commissioners on Monday voted unanimously to close Brookhaven Medical Care Facility.

Brookhaven residents and staff were informed of the decision Tuesday morning.

The county will work with Brookhaven leadership to close the facility within the next 75 days.

According to a press release from Muskegon County Administrator Mark Eisenbarth, "The decision comes in the wake of the continuing changes in health care with the push for community-based care and services for those individuals who would have typically accessed care in a nursing home setting."

This decision is also the result of overall growing financial hardship of the facility.

“This has not been an easy decision for any of the parties involved,” Eisenbarth said. “The commissioners, Department of Health and Human Services Board and facility leadership have reviewed the health care marketplace and explored a variety of options leading to the decision to close the facility. This decision will begin a lengthy and orderly closure of Brookhaven with the assistance of the State of Michigan, focusing on resident placement and staff support.”

Donna Ginn, administrator of Brookhaven, said: “We understand that this situation may be unsettling for everyone involved. We want you to know that we are committed to personally working with each of our residents, their families and our staff through every phase of this transition. Brookhaven staff members and other personnel will meet with residents and their families to discuss alternative placement options and will work closely with each of the staff members affected to assist in new employment opportunities.”

Muskegon County became the owner/operator of Brookhaven Medical Care Facility in the early 1970s. The staff working at the facility comprises of approximately 100 professional and non-professional staff.

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