The North Bend Eagle



Birchwood to be sold

Nathan Arneal
Published 6/19/19

The welcome home banner hung in the entryway. Baskets of treats were set out on each resident’s bed.

But the residents did not come home.

After more than a month of legal wrangling, Birchwood Manor was given its license to operate its senior and long-term skilled nursing facility in North Bend.

The facility was ready to welcome its residents back home for the first time since the days following the March 15 flood when it was notified that it would have to reapply for its Medicare and Medcaid certification before reopening, a process that takes at least 60 days.

That was the final straw for Pamela Quinn, the owner of Celebrate Life, Inc., the parent company of Birchwood Manor.

“Financially, it was devastating for us to be closed 80-some days,” Quinn said.

Celebrate Life will cease to exist as of this week, Quinn said. On Friday she was telephoning all Birchwood residents to inform them of the situation. The facility had 46 residents at the time of the flood.

This doesn’t mean the end of Birchwood Manor, though. Quinn said she is in negotiations with a buyer and hopes to have a deal finalized as soon as next week. The new ownership group would still have to go through the 60-day process of Medicare and Medicaid certification before welcoming any residents into Birchwood.

Birchwood employs between 60 and 70 full- and part-time employees.



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