|Hospital Takes Over Water's Edge|
Published: Friday, 21 October 2011 03:28
Earlier this month, the City of Alameda Health Care District board of directors voted to approve Alameda Hospital's takeover of the Waters Edge Skilled Nursing Facility lease. Alameda Elder Communities (AEC), which currently operates the facility, will continue to own it but will no longer run its operations.
"Over the years, nursing home care is becoming more and more like hospital care," said Christian Zimmerman, Alameda Elder Communities CEO. "AEC wants to concentrate its efforts in programs that will foster independence of seniors in this community."
Zimmerman said that Alameda Hospital is the best candidate to continue the nursing home program because it is focused on serving Alameda and the surrounding communities and it has the management capability. He also said that takeover would help Alameda Hospital in two major ways. First it would allow the hospital to fill the increasing need its patients have for long– term care. It would also allow the hospital to make up for a current revenue gap. The hospital is expected to make between $1.7 and $2.6 million a year from the nursing home facility.
Alameda Hospital will not take over the Waters Edge facility for at least two months. Until then, the hospital will be preparing for the transition.
"Since this is essentially a turnkey situation, we do not see the hospital changing the basic program," Zimmerman said. "The main reason for this move is to increase capacity in anticipation of increasing demand and develop new programming as need dictates."