FREMONT – A Florida company plans to close three nursing homes in Nebraska, including one here in Fremont, by the end of the summer.
Trillium Healthcare Group has notified city officials, residents, and employees that it will close its Premier Estates operations in Crete, Fremont and West Point by August.
A Trillium executive deferred questions to Heath Boddy, who is president and CEO of the Nebraska Health Care Association. The association represents more than 90% of the senior care companies operating in Nebraska. Boddy, when questioned, blamed two main factors for the closings: operating losses because of low Medicaid reimbursement rates, and finding enough workers to keep the facilities fully staffed.
Premier Estates in Fremont, formerly known as Arbor Manor, is expected to close within the first two weeks of August. Trillium Healthcare put a process in place to make sure the over 50 residents found new accommodations within other senior care centers in the area. As of July 18th, all residents had been relocated. Some administrative and maintenance personnel will continue to work at the Fremont location for a period undetermined.
All 43 employees of Premier Estates will be affected by the closure, with all jobs being eliminated. The facility / operation has not been purchased by another healthcare company, according to a notice given to the Fremont City Council in June.