Gloucester Healthcare with 41 residents to close
Next Step Healthcare plans to close the Gloucester Healthcare skilled nursing home by the end of the year, according to a notice sent by the company’s CFO to Mayor Greg Verga earlier this month.
The long-term care facility at 272 Washington St. plans to close on or about Dec. 30, and a public hearing on the closure is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m., according to its proposed closure plan.
The facility has approximately 99 beds and 41 residents as of Sept. 22, according to information provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
The company submitted its notice of intent and closure and relocation plan to the Department of Public Health on Sept. 1, according to the letter to Verga from William H. Stephan, Gloucester Healthcare’s CFO and the CFO and co-founder of Next Step Healthcare of Woburn.
Stephan noted that on Sept. 1, 2017, 272 Washington Street Operator LLC, doing business as Gloucester Healthcare as a wholly-owned affiliate of Next Step Healthcare LLC, began leasing Gloucester Healthcare and operating the facility.
“Recently, after discussions with the facility’s landlord regarding the facility’s low occupancy and difficult labor market driven by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting poor financial performance, the decision was made to close the facility,” Stephan wrote.