‘Emergency relocation’ under way for remaining patients at Rockmart Nursing and Rehabilitation


Rockmart Nursing and Rehabilitation. Google image.
Rockmart Nursing and Rehabilitation. Google image.


Battling temperatures near freezing and a steady drizzle, state health officials on Wednesday are moving several dozen patients from Rockmart Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to like facilities in Northwest Georgia after it was discovered the center owners couldn’t make payroll, according to Georgia Department of Community Health..

Rockmart Nursing — at 528 Hunter St. — already had received a notice of termination from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Jan. 8 and had 30 days to arrange the safe transfer of its 50 patients, says Lisa Marie Shekell ,Director of Legislative Affairs and Communications of the state agency. However, the state learned New Beginnings Care could not meet payroll and there were immediate staffing concerns, she says.

The state ordered an emergency relocation of remaining residents — some already had moved — effective Wednesday. Shekell said a relocation team already had been assembled because of the original deadline and included an ombudsman and Adult Protective Services.

On its website, Rockmart Nursing and Rehabilitation Center describes itself as “a leading provider of short-term post acute nursing care, clinical rehabilitation and long term nursing care.  As a full-service health care facility, Rockmart has earned the reputation as one of the most dependable healthcare companies in the community. Setting the standard and with spirit, our professional caregivers enhance the quality of life for our residents.”

Shekell says another New Beginnings center has received a termination letter with a Jan. 22 (Friday) deadline. We’ll  have additional details soon on it. Hometown also has called and emailed the company’s Hixson, Tenn. (outside Chattanooga) office for comment.

News of the closing comes just days after Hometown first reported plans for a massive new project in Rockmart.

That report summary from Jan. 6: An $11 million, 86,000-square-foot nursing home campus is planned on 10.7 acres on Goodyear Road just off U.S. 278 and behind the Floyd Primary Care and Floyd Urgent Care in Rockmart, according to plans posted on The Construction Journal.  The administration building, covering 12,378 square feet, will feature nearly 2,300 of rehab space, a 5,228-square-foot meeting space/cafe, a chapel, a beauty salon, a kitchen and other amenities. The building accommodates for 456 people. Residence buildings would wrap around the administration building in something of a horseshoe manner. The project is byAndy Morris of Reliable Healthcare in Rome.

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