Less than a week after announcing the facility’s closing, Absolut Care is moving residents out of its Orchard Park nursing home.
Jeffrey Hammond, New York State Department of Health public information officer, told WBFO Monday the closure process has already begun and health department officials are working to ensure all residents are placed in other facilities.
Absolut Facilities Management, which operates seven senior care facilities in the region, announced Sept. 11 it planned to close the Orchard Park nursing home at an unspecified date amid filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The filing, made Sept. 10, discloses the company owes millions, including $10.44 million to trade creditors and $4.05 million in state and federal taxes.
Absolut Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Orchard Park generated $18.1 million in revenue last year, the second-highest of any Absolut facility, according to the bankruptcy filing.
It was a 202-bed facility that employed approximately 230 people and offered short-term rehabilitation, long-term skilled nursing and dementia care. It had a one-star rating from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, meaning much below average.
The state Health Department approved the closing of the facility Sept. 11.
Absolut Vice President of Business Development Christopher Luterek said in an email Monday that the facility will remain open until the last resident is safely discharged.
Absolut has stated its other six facilities will remain open. That includes Orchard Brooke, an 80-bed assisted care facility on the same campus as the Orchard Park nursing home.