Kindred Hospital Seattle - Northgate, a 30-bed transitional-care facility, is laying off 166 people permanently starting Aug. 9 as part of a “closure layoff,” according to a notification filed with the state of Washington under the federal WARN Act.
The closure is part of a larger plan to consolidate the Northgate hospital at 10631 8th Ave with Kindred’s other transitional-care facility in Seattle, Kindred Hospital Seattle – First Hill, a 50-bed facility at 1334 Terry Ave.
“We will be closing Kindred Hospital Seattle - Northgate and consolidating services into Kindred Hospital Seattle - First Hill,” confirms Doug McCoy, market chief executive officer for Kindred Hospitals. “If any patients need continued care after the hospital closes, we will take every step necessary to help them in relocating, including arranging for requested transfers and paying for any expenses.
“We are always evaluating our portfolio and looking for opportunities to reposition our assets so that we can provide services where and when patients need it most,” he adds.
A traditional hospital seeks to diagnose and stabilize a patient’s condition, which normally involves a stay of only a few days or a week. In cases where a quick recovery is not possible, however, a transitional-care hospital, such as the Kindred hospitals in Seattle, can provide specialized care over an extended recovery period.
McCoy says the Kindred will assist employees affected by the layoffs in their efforts to seek new employment. The Kindred facilities in Seattle are part of the Kindred Healthcare system, based in Louisville, Kentucky, which has annual revenue of $3.3 billion and operates health care facilities in 45 states employing some 35,700 people.
“Our goal is to retain as many of our valuable employees as possible, and we anticipate being able to retain the bedside caregivers,” McCoy says, referring to the closure of the Northgate hospital. “Kindred remains committed to Kindred Hospital Seattle - First Hill.”
McCoy adds that the transition to a consolidated hospital is expected to be completed within 60 days, “with the goal of completing the [Kindred Hospital Seattle – Northgate] closure by Aug. 9.” McCoy says that date, however, is subject to change.
The WARN Act requires employers with 100 or more workers to notify workers 60 days prior to any closure or layoffs. Companies also must provide written notice to Washington’s Employment Security Department and the top elected official in the community where the layoff or closure is occurring.