Pinecrest moves forward with joint venture

ESCANABA – The Delta County Board of Commissioners heard a presentation on a newly-organized joint venture regarding the Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers.

According to Pinecrest Administrator Richard Mapes, the Pinecrest Board of Trustees has approved moving forward in developing a separate and distinct governing body to oversee the Great Northern Home Care currently provided in Delta, Menominee, and Dickinson counties, and Whispering Pines Adult Foster Care. The two programs have been a part of the Pinecrest Medical Care Facility, but now could become its own entity.

“This business is growing into the home and community base environments and it’s grown to the point where it’s really falling outside of the scope of our current board in the oversight of the nursing home component of the Pinecrest Medical Care Facility,” he said during a presentation at Tuesday’s county board meeting.

According to Mapes, Pinecrest provides skilled nursing services but currently do not and cannot provide skilled nursing services to people’s homes.

This business venture would allow them to expand to provide these additional services in the home; however, before this can happen, they need to form a separate and distinct governing body, to be comprised of three representatives from each of the three counties involved.

Jessica Boucher, assistant administrator to Great Northern Home Care, highlighted what the program currently offers.

Currently Great Northern Home Care has four offices spread across the three-county area. Two offices are located in Menominee County with service also provided to the Wausaukee and Crivitz, Wis., areas; Delta County has an office in Gladstone that services as far east as the Garden Peninsula. The group’s Dickinson County office reaches as far west as Iron River.

“Currently right now, altogether, we have 137 people that we take care of in their homes and we provide chore services,” she explained.

“We currently have 180 staff between Whispering Pines and Great Northern Home Care. We also operate seven adult foster care homes throughout the three counties as well.”

According to Boucher, the goal of the venture is to provide additional services to individuals in their home as part of a packaged deal. She noted some individuals currently might have to pay someone to take them elsewhere to receive these additional services or it might not be easy for them to get out by themselves to get the help they need.

Mapes said ideally Pinecrest would like to have the joint venture up and running with its first meeting of the governing body sometime after Jan. 1.