Dove Home Health expects to close operations by the end of November.
The nonprofit health care agency was established in 1981 and purchased by Catholic Charities Bureau in 1996. Over the years, Dove has grown to provide skilled nursing, therapies and home health services in Superior and surrounding rural areas.
The nonprofit's mission has been to support seniors and people with disabilities to maintain or regain their independence in their home. Changes in the home health care industry over the years have made it difficult for Dove, a small provider, to secure talent and offer competitive wages.
“It was Dove’s intent to continue to serve the community throughout all of this, so in wrapping up their services, their number one priority was continuity of care for the patients,” said Benda Osterlund, development services coordinator with Catholic Charities.
Dove is working with a local health care agency that agreed to accept all its current patients, provide continuity of care and give all employees an opportunity for retainment. Officials would not give the Telegram the name of the agency, as the details of the arrangement are still being finalized.
"They wanted to continue serving the community as best they could, even if they had to close their doors," Osterlund said.
Finding an agency willing to take all patients was important, she said, because Dove is the only provider of VA services locally, a demographic many health care providers don't want to take on. The new agency also share's Dove's core values, according to Catholic Charities.
Patient numbers fluctuate, but the move could affect roughly 40 patients and up to 30 employees. Osterlund said Dove expects to complete the transfer by Nov. 27.