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Rehab facility to close by mid-March

January 17, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — The River Gardens Rehab & Care Center in Bullhead City will be closing by mid-March.

The center, at 2150 Silver Creek Road, is operated by Creative Care of Kingman. Creative Care also operates The Legacy Rehab & Care Center at 2812 Silver Creek Road. That facility will remain open, according to communications from Creative Care and River Gardens management.

“We plan to administer an orderly closure in compliance with state and federal regulations,” wrote River Gardens administrator Kurtis Yocum in a letter dated Jan. 14 to vendors that do business with the facility. “The building will be closed 60 days from the date of this letter. The building will not be accepting new admissions on or after the date of this letter. The estimated date of closure will be March 15, 2019, but we will not close the facility until all the residents have been discharged or transferred to the most appropriate setting.”

Yocum said the decision to close was based on the volume of patients — or lack thereof — at Creative Care’s two sister facilities.

“After building and operating two skilled nursing facilities in the Bullhead City area since 2006, the community’s needs have not been able to support two facilities,” he wrote. “We can meet the community’s needs by solely operating the sister facility, The Legacy Rehab & Care Center, and at this time we intend to lease out The River Gardens Rehab & Care Center and that facility will no longer be operating as a licensed skilled nursing facility.”

Kristen Ott, CEO of Creative Care, submitted plans for closure to the Arizona Department of Health Services late last month. In the notice of intent to close, Ott said that the census for River Gardens was 29 patients — six long-stay residents and 23 short-stay residents. She said the short-stay residents all were anticipated to complete their skilled services plans with discharges scheduled well before the date of closure. Appropriate plans for transfer and ongoing treatment programs for the six long-term care residents were being handled by Yocum, Director of Nursing Maria Harris, and Social Services Director Destiny Martin.

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