UP Home partners with McCreedy to keep residents in Washington

WASHINGTON — The United Presbyterian Home in Washington has partnered with the Washington County Hospital and Clinics to keep residents of the McCreedy Home in Washington.

Earlier this week hospital administrators announced its long-term care unit, the McCreedy Home, would be closing due to financial instability.

“When we began discussions with WCHC about the potential closing of the McCreedy Home, we were very interested from the get-go in doing what we could to help their residents stay in the Washington community. This is coming as a shock to many around the community, but we know as well as WCHC administration that even before the COVID-19 pandemic, running a nursing facility gets more difficult all of the time,” said UP Home CEO Erin Drahota. “We support the hospital’s decision knowing we can play a role to keep their residents in Washington.”

Over the next several weeks, the UP Home will admit more than half of the McCreedy Home’s 22 residents, according to a news release.

“The timing has worked out perfectly, as we are prepared and able to welcome up to 15 McCreedy Home residents to the UP Home,” Drahota said. “Our admissions team has already begun meeting with the McCreedy team, talking with families and scheduling admissions.”

Additionally, McCreedy Home staff could become UP Home staff in the coming weeks as the organization had openings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We hope the hiring of some McCreedy Home staff will help ease the transition, if some familiar faces move to the residents’ new home alongside them” Drahota said.