Goshen County, Banner explore options for Care Center
TORRINGTON, WY (Feb. 5, 2014) – Banner Health and the Goshen Care Center Board of Directors have announced that Banner will end a lease agreement to operate the Goshen Care Center and Evergreen Court in Torrington. The termination of the lease will take effect July 9, 2014.
Banner Health owns Community Hospital in Torrington and operates Goshen Care Center and Evergreen Court. The Care Center is owned by a Joint Powers Board formed between Goshen County and the City of Torrington while Evergreen Court is owned by Goshen County.
The Goshen Care Center Board was notified by certified letter of Banner Health’s intent. Banner and the Board agree that it is in the best interest of the facilities to have a new operator. Banner Health also has offered to assist the county in finding a new operator. Three new providers have expressed immediate interest in operating the facility.
Banner Health has operated the Goshen Care Center nursing home since before the nursing home moved to its current location in 1998. The Alzheimer’s unit opened in 2009. The care center is licensed for 103 beds including the 28-bed Alzheimer’s unit and currently has 87 occupants. Evergreen Court has 23 private suites and currently serves 18 residents.
Goshen Care Center and Evergreen Court currently have 106 employees.
The decision to terminate the lease agreement has no effect on Banner Health’s ownership and operation of Community Hospital or the physicians’ practice at Banner Health Clinic.
“Banner Health has great respect for the longstanding relationship we have held with Goshen County and will continue to provide excellent patient care at Community Hospital and through the Banner Health Clinic,” said Banner’s Western Region President Jim Ferando. “We will do everything we can to assist in the transition of operations to a new care center provider.”
Paul Novak, Chairman of the Goshen Care Center Board, stated “The Board is excited about the immediate interest which has been expressed by other providers to operate the facilities. The Board is committed to providing outstanding care for the residents of our facilities. We will work diligently at ensuring a smooth transition and we will seek retention of the current employees in our discussions with any new operator.”
Employees and residents of the care center and Evergreen Court were notified of the announcement during meetings with hospital leaders Monday.
Community Hospital Chief Executive Officer Vince DiFranco praised the relationship the hospital and Banner Health have had with the Care Center Board. “I am confident that the board will make the right decisions in the best interest of the care center residents, the employees and the residents of Goshen County,” DiFranco said.
Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system manages 24 acute-care hospitals, the Banner Health Network and Banner Medical Group, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services including family clinics, home care and hospice services, and a nursing registry. Banner Health is in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming.