Long-term nursing facility to close in East Moline


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Posted Online: Nov. 20, 2013, 8:44 pm
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By Dawn Neuses, dneuses@qconline.com
EAST MOLINE -- The Illinois Department of Public Health was notified Tuesday that Forest Hill Health and Rehab Center Inc., will close in 90 days.

IDPH communications director Melaney Arnold said the state received a letter Tuesday from the owner stating the facility was closing because it was no longer financially feasible to remain open, she said.

The 137-bed facility is located at 4747 11th St., East Moline. Ms. Arnold said residents can be transferred or choose a new facility to which to move.

Forest Hill owner Michael Lerner, Chicago, said he didn't want to elaborate about finances beyond stating, "we are unable to function with the state reimbursement rate."

According to the website of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, Forest Hill received $1.48 million from the state in FY 2012, $1.36 million in FY13, and $203,336. in the first four months of this fiscal year,

Mr. Lerner said Forest Hill remains open and staff are helping residents find other facilities.

On Wednesday, numerous vehicles were parked in the parking lot and a Forest Hill employee inside the building declined comment. "We have a lot going, and we do not want to comment at this time," she said.

Mr. Lerner said reports questioning if employees will get paid "are absolutely untrue. Everyone will get paid," he said.

According to the Public Health Department's website and Medicare.gov, the facility's license is up to date and it has no outstanding compliance or regulatory issues. According to Medicare.gov, the facility has an overall rating of "much below average."





















 



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