The Blue Ridge Health Care Center, a nursing home off of Blue Ridge Road, announced to state officials that it is cutting 90 jobs over the next two months.
However, the facility indicated to the state that it is not closing.
The facility lost its Medicare and Medicaid funding in April when an inspection found violations with patient care.
It recently began accepting new patients again, although those patients cannot be on Medicare and Medicaid.Blue Ridge Health Care Center News Release
Blue Ridge Health Care Center is currently not certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Provider Agreement between CMS and Blue Ridge Health Care Center was terminated effective midnight April 26, 2012.
Blue Ridge Health Care Center has no plans to close. We continue to seek recertification, and we continue to provide excellent health care to the residents and patients who remain.
However, the lack of certification has led to a decline in the number of residents and patients at Blue Ridge Health Care Center, and as a result we can no longer offer employment to approximately 90 members of our current staff.
We regret the impact that this may have on our employees, who have given many years of outstanding service and care to our residents. This is in no way a reflection upon their performance, but the result of the declining number of residents and patients that is due to the termination of the Provider Agreement by CMS.
We are looking for employees who may wish to volunteer to separate from employment, and only if there are an insufficient number of volunteers will we proceed with involuntary layoffs. We expect the layoffs to begin on or around August 22, 2012. All employees whose jobs are eliminated will be eligible for severance pay.
To make sure that affected employees had the time needed to transition to other jobs, we made sure to provide the ample notice called for by the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988 (the "WARN" Act). The employees will remain on payroll during this 60-day period.
We remain hopeful that the work we are doing to make substantial changes and improvements will be recognized by CMS, and we will be recertified. At that time jobs may again be available for many or all of our dedicated staff affected by this situation.
We deeply appreciate the understanding of our residents, their families, our staff and our community.