Bibb hospice to close in-patient facility

The Heartland Hospice Care facility in north Bibb County is closing its 12-bed inpatient hospice unit by the end of September.

The facility is located at 115 Arkwright Landing, off Arkwright Road.

The company will continue to provide hospice care to patients in their homes, care for patients in assisted- living facilities or nursing centers, said Julie Beckert, assistant vice president for the parent company, Toledo, Ohio-based HCR ManorCare.

“Families, patients and staff were notified of the inpatient unit closing this week,” according to a news release. “We are committed to making this transition as smooth as possible for our patients and will help them transition to an appropriate care option. ... Since our inpatient unit is only for short-term stays to help stabilize a patient before returning home, we expect all of our patients to successfully discharge home within the next few weeks.”

The closing of the inpatient unit will affect 15 employees who may be transferred to other positions or will be let go and receive help with searching for another job as the facility is phased out, said Beckert, who also is director of marketing communications. “We are still working on what openings we have and who would fit those positions.”

The facility employs an additional 28 people who work for the outpatient side of the business.

The hospice center has been managed by HCR ManorCare for four years, she said. The Heartland Hospice inpatient center in Cartersville also is closing. The company has more than 500 locations in 32 states, and other Georgia facilities are in Augusta, Brunswick, Conyers and Fayetteville.