Lincoln County board to consider extending Pine Crest closing date

Citing logistical challenges, A&L Committee seeks to move closing from June to August

Pine Crest Nursing Home in Merrill. Tina L. Scott photo.

By Jalen Maki
The Lincoln County Board of Supervisors will consider extending the closing date for Pine Crest Nursing Home in Merrill.
The County Board approved the sale of Pine Crest to Merrill Campus LLC and Senior Management Inc. in February 2024. At that time, as part of the Asset Purchase Agreement, a Sunday, June 30, closing date was established.
According to a June 6 release from the Lincoln County Administration Department, the County’s Administrative and Legislative (A&L) Committee met in closed session on June 5 to discuss the agreement.
“As all parties have been working through the logistics of the transition, it became clear that closing on this date is unable to occur,” the release said.
The release said the A&L Committee came out of closed session with a motion directing Corporation Counsel Karry Johnson to draft a modification of the Asset Purchase Agreement to extend the closing date to Saturday, Aug. 31.
The motion also instructed Administrative Coordinator Renee Krueger to “work closely” with North Central Health Care, which manages Pine Crest, to “ensure communication is disseminated.”
The Lincoln County Board of Supervisors will consider the Committee’s motion. The Board’s next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 18. The agenda for the meeting had not been released as of press time on Tuesday, June 11.
“In any change of ownership with an organization of this size, there are many challenges to ensuring all services are coordinated as seamlessly as possible,” the release said. “The A&L Committee wants to acknowledge the significant efforts of North Central Health Care and many Lincoln County employees in working through the transition, and most importantly, the staff who continue to be dedicated to ensuring exceptional care to our residents.”

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