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Good Samaritan Society to close Hoffman location

The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society will close its rehabilitation and skilled care facility in Hoffman on or around December 6, 2013.

Bill Brewer, administrator for the facilities in Glenwood and Hoffman, said that the Hoffman center has several challenges that make daily operations difficult:

•Census has been difficult to maintain. When the center was purchased in 1992, it was licensed for 54 beds and is currently licensed for 33 beds. Resident census at the center has averaged around 27 in 2013.

•Because of the census decline and difficulty with receiving increased reimbursement rates in Minnesota, Good Samaritan Society – Hoffman has not been able to avoid a negative financial bottom line.

The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society has been serving the Hoffman community and surrounding area since 1992, when the center was acquired from the Good Neighbor organization.

Brewer noted that Good Samaritan is grateful for the past two decades of community support in providing resident referrals, encouraging staff to work at the center and providing volunteers.

“Leadership and center staff have worked hard to streamline operations and contain expenses in Hoffman,” Brewer said. “While those efforts have had some short-term benefits, they have not solved the long-term financial issues the center faces, nor can they solve the structural shortcomings of an aging building that will require significant capital investments.”

As a result, the Good Samaritan Society gave a 60-day notice, as required by Minnesota regulations, that the Good Samaritan Society – Hoffman will close.

Brewer said it will be a difficult time for staff, residents and families, but Good Samaritan Society is committed to making the transition go as smoothly as possible.

“There are numerous resources available to help residents and families find new places to call home, including at the Good Samaritan Society location in Glenwood,” he said. 

Staff members will also be assisted to find placement.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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