Girard nursing home closing Sept. 1

Girard nursing home closing Sept. 1

 GIRARD (July 5, 2018) – Pleasant Hill Healthcare, part of Pleasant Hill Village in Girard, announced last week that it will shut its doors Sept. 1 due to not receiving more than $2 million it is owed by the state for pending and approved Medicaid payments.

Pleasant Hill Healthcare is a 98-bed skilled nursing facility that includes a secured Alzheimer’s and dementia unit. The 48-apartment independent/assisted living portion of the business, Pleasant Hill Residence, will remain open.

According to a post on their Facebook page from May 24, as of that date, the facility had more than 20 pending Medicaid eligibility applications, with the oldest one dating back to late 2015. The post encouraged the public to support Senate Amendment #2 to HB 4771, which would address the backlog of Medicaid applications and help qualified patients get Medicaid coverage more quickly, guaranteeing coverage if the state takes more than 45 days to process the application, as well as allowing residents who have been waiting for coverage approval to retroactively claim state and federal benefits. The bill passed both houses on May 31 and was sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner on June 15 for his signature, but has not yet been made into law.

The 61 residents of the facility (more than half of which rely on Medicaid) will have to be moved to other facilities, and the nearly 60 employees will have to find other employment. To help with both, Pleasant Hill Village is planning to hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 5, featuring other healthcare facilities in the area that have open beds and open jobs.