New Owners Assess Lakeside

Residents at Lakeside Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Chippewa Falls are finding out how their home will be run after August 1. That's when Benedictine Health System will assume control of operations there.

On Friday, company leaders held informational meetings for the residents, and evaluated the situation at the facility. While Benedictine officials said that union agreements with most employees will be honored for now, they're making no long-term promises.

"We know that the State of Wisconsin would like to downsize the size of this facility," said Steve Chies, Senior Vice President at Benedictine. "It was originally licensed for approximately 336 residents. They'd like to have it less than that so the size of the building will have to accommodate the number of residents we have."

Lakeside had been owned by Extendicare, but state officials took away their license in June because of dozens of state and federal violations.

Benedictine manages a long-term care facility in the Milwaukee area that Chies says went through similar problems.


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