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Potential sale of Algoma's Long Term Unit discussed Tuesday amid concerns

The City of Algoma will be considering the sale of the Algoma Long Term Care Unit at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting.   Concerns about selling the facility to a private party have been expressed by loved ones of current residents.   Karen Miller of Sturgeon Bay says her father, Robert, has been receiving incredible care since being admitted in early December, and now fears that new ownership could ultimately decide to close the facility in the future.  She worries that follow-up and decisions could take longer under a possible corporate approach.

 

 

The Special Finance & Personnel Committee expressed concerns over the viability of the city to operate the facility in the long haul.  Administrator Jared Heyn told DoorCountyDailyNews.com last month that the financial outlook was bleak this year for the facility based on the lack of COVID relief funds that the city relied on the past two years.  Mayor Wayne Schmidt says an audit revealed that the facility would lose upwards of $400,000.

 

 

The City of Algoma has owned the facility dating back to 1951 when it was the Algoma Hospital.  In 1987, the hospital closed and the facility has since operated as a nursing home and medical center that currently has 42 beds.  The Algoma City Council Meeting will begin at 6 pm on Tuesday at City Hall.  

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