Benedictine Manor in Arcadia to close

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ARCADIA, Wis. (WEAU) -- An area community is feeling the loss after a nursing home announces its closing its doors.

The Benedictine Manor in Arcadia notified its 53 residents today that the nursing home would be closing in April.

The 114-employees who work at the nursing home were told earlier in the week that they would no longer have jobs after the closure.

The president of Benedictine Living Communities of Wisconsin says they are working with employees and residents to make the transition as easy as possible.

Jim Gajewski says the decision to close wasn't easy but ultimately it boils down to financial losses.

“It really comes down to a declining census, stagnant and declining reimbursement, continued cost increases and a competitive environment,” Gajewski said.

Gajewski says they are working with residents to find new homes before the closure, and staff will have their full support in the coming months as well.

“It is going to be a huge impact on that small community and it is extremely regrettable that the decision had to be made to close the facility but we are working very closely with the employees and residents,” he said.

The department of workforce development says it will be helping employees through the closure.

Mayo Clinic Health System which operates a clinic connected to the Benedictine Manor says it will continue its operations in Arcadia despite the closure.

EARLIER STORY: A Minnesota-based health care provider says it will be closing its nursing home in Arcadia by mid-April.

Benedictine Health System announced the move Tuesday. It plans to close Benedictine Manor of Arcadia, which is the former Arcadia Nursing Home, when residents there are safely re-located. The facility has 53 residents right now. 115 people work there. All of its employees will be affected. In a letter to the state, the facility says it will close because of financial losses.

In response to the announcement, Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare said that it will continue to run its clinic in Arcadia. It says it will try to help make the transition a smooth one, and try to minimize disruption to its clinic patients' care.

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