By Tim Kowols
The redistribution of 18 nursing home beds to Door County Medical Center could be the catalyst needed to spur a major addition to the hospital’s Skilled Nursing Facility. The Joint Finance Committee announced last week the measure would be included in the budget after it was determined the state was under its nursing home bed limit. Door County Medical Center Vice President Greg Holub says if the measure is approved by Governor Scott Walker, the hospital would move forward with developing a business plan to expand the Skilled Nursing Facility to allow for 48 private rooms. Holub says the prospect of new facilities has been the topic of focus groups in recent months.
According to Holub, the private rooms at its current facility have a waiting list at a time where the statewide bed limit has stayed steady for several years.