South KC skilled nursing home closes

 

KC Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare closes

By Kathy Feist

Kansas City Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare, a skilled nursing home located at Blue Ridge Blvd and Wornall Rd, has closed its doors, leaving 155 full-time residents seeking new homes. 

Residents were notified July 7 of the decision, made by the owner Centers Care and its management team Mission Health. 

Mission Health released a statement regarding the decision to close. 

“After extensive discussions with Centers ownership and the Mission Health management team about local market conditions, the decision was made to sell the property at Kansas City Center,” reads the statement. 

“Over the last couple months, we have been in the process of closing this community. This decision was a difficult one, but necessary. When combined with financial challenges related to the market conditions of the area and shrinking healthcare reimbursement, it has become impossible to provide the standard of care that we expect for our residents.”

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Staff packed the remaining contents of KC Center into a U-Haul on August 3rd. Photo by Kady Weddle

Employees at Kansas City Center were notified, as their lives were unfortunately  impacted by this situation. Despite the unavoidable reality of what had to happen, Mission Health is extremely proud of the commitment our staff has demonstrated in caring for our residents as we transitioned them into new homes. Kansas City Center remained open until each of our residents were properly relocated.

The statement goes on to read that Mission Health worked closely with the State of Missouri and other healthcare providers to ensure all residents found alternative care and that 200 staff found new employment opportunities. Many transitioned to the Centers Overland Park, KS community. 

In the past four years, the rehabilitation center has been under four different ownerships and received numerous healthcare citations and penalties from Nursing Home Compare, a division of Medicare. In January, a portion of a ceiling had collapsed. A residential apartment complex behind the rehabilitation facility had partially reopened a couple of years ago under the ownership of Serenity.

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