,We are delighted that what could have been a potentially devastating loss of skilled long-term nursing care in this region, will be averted because of this agreement with St. Francis,, said Chris Harff, chief executive officer of NWMC.
St. Francis is just as pleased. ,We are very pleased to have become an important part of the Thief River Falls Community,, said Luvern Hoffman, St. Francis chief executive officer. ,We are confident that the transition will be seamless for the residents and staff.,Staff at NWMC
and the C&NC
were notified of the agreement last week.Hoffman reiterated that while staff is in the process of applying for positions, he
anticipates very few changes and no programmatic changes at the facility, if any, until things settle down and they have time to review how things are done now.
said residents and families have expressed their support for this change to her
. Discussion with St. Francis began in June shortly after the announcement that NWMC
would be exiting long-term care.From the very beginning, Harff
said they had hoped this transition would come to fruition.
said the agreement received unanimous support of the board, but it is not a money-making decision.Harff
said their main concern was for residents, their families and healthcare in the community.