Although Ciena Healthcare Management’s recent 125-bed nursing home proposal in Grand Haven might not come to fruition, the company has proposed to add 15 beds to its already-approved Grand Haven Township nursing home plans.
The Alliance for Health, a nonprofit organization that oversees health care facilities, recently hosted a public forum for four proposals seeking Certificate of Need approval in West Michigan.
Two of the proposals called for nursing homes in Ottawa County — one in Jenison for 40 beds and the other by Ciena Healthcare Management for 125 beds in Grand Haven. Lodewyk Zwarensteyn, president of the Alliance for Health, said it’s likely that they will be rejected because they exceed the state’s current need of 15 new nursing home beds in the county.
The Alliance for Health will evaluate the proposals on Oct. 17 to make a recommendation to the Michigan Department of Health whether the proposal should continue.
Although the state’s formula shows Ottawa County needs 15 more nursing home beds, Zwarensteyn said it’s frustrating because that isn’t necessarily the case.
“We don’t really need more long-term beds,” he said.
Instead of seeking care outside of the home, Zwarensteyn said residents have in-home care services, enter nursing homes later and are overall healthier than other areas. He said the area doesn’t have a high percentage of full beds.
In January, Southfield-based Ciena Healthcare Management was approved for a 47-bed establishment, called Grand Haven Care Center, on the corner of 168th Avenue and Comstock Street in Grand Haven Township.
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