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Local Atrium facilities will stay open

Statement comes in the wake of four facilities closed elsewhere
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The receiver for financially-troubled Atrium Health and Senior Living said in a statement Wednesday that the recent closure of four Atrium facilities will not have any impact on those being run in Shawano or elsewhere.

“After carefully reviewing all options, the decision was reached to close Atrium Post Acute Care of Appleton, Atrium Post Acute Care of Weston, Atrium Post Acute Care of Chilton and Atrium Post Acute Care of Neenah,” said Michael Polsky, attorney with the Milwaukee-based law firm, Beck, Chaet, Bamberger & Polsky, S.C..

“Every effort has been made to find new homes for all residents as safely and efficiently as possible,” he said.

Polsky was appointed receiver for Atrium in September.

“The other Wisconsin- and Michigan-based Atrium Health and Senior Living care communities in receivership will remain open and continue to provide quality care and service to their residents,” Polsky said.

Locally, the health and senior living system includes Atrium Post Acte Care facilities at Maple Lane, Evergreen and Birch Hill.

Atrium announced in September that a consensual agreement had been reached with its lender to have a receiver appointed for 32 Wisconsin-based facilities and one Michigan-based facility so that the company can continue to maintain normal business operations until new operators can be identified and positioned to take over the facilities.

The closure of four of those facilities, however, came as a surprise.

According to court records, Atrium had an issue with a separate lender affecting the four shuttered facilities.

Polsky said in a statement after he was appointed in September that all facilities would “continue delivering quality care and services to residents,” and would carry on business as usual during the receivership.

“Our main focus at this time is to stabilize the company and ensure that residents continue to receive seamless quality care in the centers from the staff they have come to know,” Polsky said at the time. “This plan also helps ensure that all payroll and benefits are provided to employees and that vendors are paid for ongoing services on a timely basis.”