Don and Gerry Warren were married for 71 years. She spent her final three at Stollwood Convalescent Hospital in Woodland CA. Before she died in March of Alzheimer’s. Don moved in with her. A month later, he died of COVID-19 as it hit the facility. By David Caraccio | Renée C. Byer
Stollwood Convalescent Hospital, a Woodland skilled nursing facility
devastated by 17 coronavirus deaths in the earlier months of the
pandemic, will close permanently this fall.
A message posted Wednesday morning to Stollwood’s website, signed by CEO Sean Beloud,
says that after a “thorough financial analysis,” the facility “would
operate at a significant monthly loss with no assurance the admissions
would increase.” Beloud and other Stollwood officials decided to close
the skilled-nursing facility and suspend its license effective Sept. 30,
a date approved last week by the California Department of Public
Beloud told The Sacramento Bee he has been in talks
with each of the remaining 16 residents and their families. Some might
be relocated to the assisted-living side of the campus, and others might
move to nearby nursing homes.
It was unclear as of Wednesday how many employees might be moved to
jobs elsewhere on the campus and how many might be laid off altogether,
“We’ll navigate through it,” said Beloud, who took
the top job in August after working as a physical therapy assistant at
the campus for 24 years. “I feel that I will be here to lead and grow
and transition this into the future.”
Stollwood appears to be
the first nursing home in Northern California to close because of the
coronavirus, though industry experts have said the financial strains from the pandemic could overwhelm many facilities across the state and country.
The nursing home is part of the larger St. John’s Retirement Village
complex on Woodland Avenue. The rest of the St. John’s campus, which
includes assisted living facilities providing a lower level of medical
care to residents, will remain open, Beloud said.
The horrific coronavirus outbreak at Stollwood was chronicled in depth by The Bee earlier this month,
including interviews with Beloud as well as family members of elderly
residents of the 48-bed facility who passed away from the highly
contagious respiratory disease, with most dying in April.
of those who talked to The Bee nonetheless spoke glowingly of the staff
and the nonprofit facility, which has a five-star review on the federal
government’s Nursing Home Compare website and had boasted a nearly
spotless record based on recent inspection reports that only turned up
relatively minor issues such as lapses involving hand washing.
Warren, whose father died of COVID-19 at Stollwood, said in a recent
interview she thinks the nursing home “did everything they could …
knowing what we knew back then” about the emerging virus.
looked and I’ve searched for answers. I’m a caregiver at heart. And to
be honest, this whole transition has broken my heart with what could
have, or what should have,” Beloud, the CEO, told The Bee weeks prior to
the closure announcement. “... And I know we had the policies in place,
procedures in place following every guideline that was put forth in
front of us.”
Wednesday’s announcement notes how the “infiltration of COVID in
nursing homes” brought on “extremely dark days,” but that Stollwood
worked diligently with state and county health officials to eradicate
the virus, resulting in it being taken off a state list for active
outbreaks at skilled nursing facilities in June.
home’s 17 deaths, which included at least one staff member, continue to
represent half of the COVID-19 death toll for all of Yolo County, where 34 have now died of the disease.
All told, 32 residents and 34 staff members at Stollwood tested
positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus,
during the outbreak.
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