ProMedica to discuss its Morenci property with council 4.22.09

Written by David Green.

Representatives from ProMedica Health System will attend the April 27 Morenci city council meeting to discuss the company’s properties in Morenci.

ProMedica is the owner of the Morenci Health Center (former Morenci Area Hospital, built in 1961), the Charles Fay ambulance garage and training center, and the Charles Fay Village senior citizen complex which has been closed for more than a year.

The former hospital building was transferred to the Lenawee Health Alliance (LHA) in the late 1990s when hospital services ended and the board of directors dissolved.

City council members accepted a 10-year commitment from LHA (which later became part of ProMedica) that guaranteed a primary care physician, but the agreement was contingent on the financial success of services offered.

The Charles Fay Foundation contributed $300,000 toward construction of the ambulance garage and training center. The structure was built to adjoin the existing hospital clinic building.

In October 1999, a 10-year agreement was signed that called for ownership of the facility by LHA and a $1 a year lease of the buildings to Lenawee County EMS. The EMS group was to pay all operating costs.

The Charles Fay Foundation contributed $1.2 million toward construction of the $3 million senior citizen complex.

The Lenawee Department on Aging cautioned that an independent living facility was not needed in Morenci, but a survey was commissioned and support for the project was determined.

A year after Charles Fay Village opened in June 1999, only two units were rented. A decision was made by LHA to convert the facility to an assisted living residence. The Charles Fay Foundation contributed $300,000 of the $450,000 cost.

In March 2007, ProMedica announced that Charles Fay Village was operating at a loss and may revert to independent living. This would require the purchase of kitchen appliances that were removed when the conversion to assisted living took place.

No action was taken on the conversion and the facility remains closed.

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