Bridges of Milwaukee closing, laying off 71

Latest in a series of nursing home closures

Bridges of Milwaukee at 6800 N. 76th St.

Last updated on March 17th, 2020 at 01:35 pm

The Bridges of Milwaukee Rehab and Care Center, a nursing home located on Milwaukee’s north side, is closing.

The closure will eliminate 71 full-time jobs, according to a notice filed with the state Department of Workforce Development. Layoffs are expected to begin Jan. 20, 2020.

The facility, located at 6800 N. 76th St., is certified for 144 beds.

According to a report posted on the Medicare website, Bridges was deemed as a special focus facility by the federal government, meaning it had a history of serious quality issues.

Bridges received 24 health citations during a February inspection.The average number of health citations in Wisconsin is 6.3, according to the site. Representatives with Bridges could not be reached for comment.

It’s the latest in a series of nursing home closures over the past few years. About 35 facilities in Wisconsin have either closed, or are in the process of closing, since 2016. A recent BizTimes cover story explored the challenges facing the long-term care industry, including low government reimbursement rates, a severe workforce shortage and a swelling patient population.

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