New Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Community Coming to Pratt

New Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Community Coming to Pratt

Executives of Pratt County, Kansas and the board of directors of Pratt Regional Medical Center (PRMC) have agreed on a memorandum of understanding with Missouri-based Americare Senior Living to bring a new skilled nursing and rehabilitation community to the area by mid-2019 with construction to begin the summer of 2018.    

The memorandum reflects that the hospital and county will not have ownership interest nor financial risk in the new community.  Further, if Pratt County and PRMC are confident that Americare can meet the skilled nursing and rehabilitation needs of the area with quality services, it would close Pratt Rehab and Residence Center (PRRC)  once the new community is operational.  

Americare is not new to the area.     In 2014 the company negotiated the purchase of Hilltop Manor from the city of Cunningham which was considering closing it in the face of severe financial losses.   Since that time Hilltop has expanded its services to include Medicare-covered skilled nursing and rehabilitation.  Americare will continue to operate Hilltop Manor once the new community in Pratt is opened.    

Executives of both companies began negotiations earlier this year.  According to  Susan Page, President and CEO of Pratt Regional Medical Center, the hospital and county were looking for a way to ensure quality acute and post-acute care for the residents of Pratt and surrounding counties.  She and the board concluded it was best to focus attention on hospital services in the community and find a provider who would be willing to take on post-acute services such as inpatient rehabilitation and long-term skilled nursing care.  They recognized that PRRC, owned by Pratt County, was in need of a large infusion of capital to bring it up to modern standards.  In addition, the post-

acute arena has grown in complexity and the resources needed to keep up with new

federal regulations that took effect at the end of November would compete with resources needed to deliver quality services in the hospital setting. 

 “This is a pioneering decision on the part of Pratt County and the hospital,” says Americare President Clay Crosson.   “Much is written about the plight of rural healthcare in America and in the State of Kansas.  But here we have community leaders being proactive to ensure that their citizens have quality health care for years to come.  Americare is a nationally recognized leader in the senior living space and we operate most of our communities in small towns throughout the mid-west.  That’s where we got our start.  Senior living is all we do and our company is focused on keeping pace with technology, regulations and customer preferences.   This new community will be backed by a company that is strong both financially and from a human capital perspective.    We are honored to expand our presence in the area by joining the Pratt healthcare continuum,” he finishes.

Hospital President and CEO Susan Page agrees. “We witnessed how Americare turned around a financially struggling skilled community in Cunningham and introduced vital new services to that market.   We researched their track record in Kansas and the other states in which they operate and felt strongly that our visions aligned.  The board and I are excited to welcome them to Pratt and fully support their venture here,” she adds.

While Pratt Rehab residents and their families have a choice of whether to transfer to the new community, they will be given priority admission status before any other residents.  Employees of PRRC too will have priority application status with Americare. Those who choose to transfer will have their seniority honored by Americare. 

On December 19th and 20th, representatives from the hospital and Americare will host town hall-style meetings with PRRC residents and employees at the community. 

Based in Sikeston, Missouri and established in 1981, Americare operates 23 skilled nursing and post-acute communities and 110 assisted living and memory care assisted living residences throughout Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Illinois and Tennessee.  For more information about Americare visit www.americareusa.net