18 laid off as Bayshore Health Center changes handsManagement of the Bayshore Health Center on Park Point has been turned over to a new company.
By: Mike Creger, Duluth News Tribune
Management of the Bayshore Health Center on Park Point has been turned over to a new company.
Paragon Healthcare Group took over operation from Ecumen on July 1. An agreement had been reached in April.
Ecumen had been looking for a company to take over the operation since last fall, said Jennifer Severson, a spokeswoman for Ecumen.
The “operations transfer agreement” cost 18 people their jobs as Paragon reviewed its staffing needs. Bayshore now has just more than 200 employees, mostly nursing assistants.
Bayshore provides physical therapy and rehabilitation services, senior and young-adult care and treatment for people with memory loss, traumatic brain injuries or chronic illness who need 24-hour care.
Ecumen did not own the physical building and only provided the management. It’s a model the company is moving away from, Severson said. The company will continue to own and operate Lakeshore on London Road in Duluth, which is one of its largest campuses.
Michelle Golden, Paragon’s chief operating officer, said this is her company’s first foray into Minnesota. It has nine operations in Texas. She said it’s been a challenge to team its practices with different rules around health care in Minnesota. She said Paragon would like to explore other care center opportunities in the state.
Golden said the transition is hectic but staff members have been helpful.
The 18 jobs were cut because “we need to staff according to our model,” she said. “Every company has their own way.”
Paragon has renovation plans and other changes in store for Bayshore, Golden said. Paragon’s management company for the center has been named Bayshore Duluth Management.