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Legislators to Present Legislative Commendation to The Bay at Sheridan Staff

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Reps. Ohnstad and McGuire to Thank Nursing Facility Staff for Work with COVID-19 Unit

KENOSHA – The Bay at Sheridan Health and Rehabilitation Center announced Friday the closure of the COVID-19 recovery unit that the skilled nursing facility has operated since last summer during a ceremony in which two area legislators thanked the facility’s caregivers for their hard work operating the unit.

State Rep. Tod Ohnstad (D-Kenosha) and state Rep. Tip McGuire (D-Kenosha) presented a legislative commendation to the staff at The Bay at Sheridan Health and Rehabilitation Center in honor of their work developing and maintaining a COVID-19 unit at the facility.

“The Bay at Sheridan Health and Rehabilitation Center is closing its COVID-19 Unit because of the success that Kenosha has had in fighting the COVID pandemic,” said John Vander Meer, Director of Development for Champion Care, which operates the facility. “The unit has served the community well, and The Bay at Sheridan’s great staff team have helped our patients effectively transition back to the community.”

Ohnstad and McGuire thanked the nurses, therapists, and certified nursing assistants for their work.

“On behalf of the Kenosha community, I am pleased to thank the hard-working caregivers at The Bay at Sheridan Health and Rehabilitation Center for caring for our neighbors,” Ohnstad said. “Being a caregiver is not easy. We appreciate your care for the frail older adults in our community.”

Vander Meer said that The Bay at Sheridan created the unit to ensure that area residents had access to the care they needed and ensure hospitals and health systems had the necessary capacity during COVID-19 surges. If a community need arises, he said the facility will open the unit again to help the community and hospital partners.

“Champion Care is proud of the effective rate of rehabilitative care that our team has been able to provide to nearly 200 members of the community struck by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Vander Meer said. “Without the care and dedication of caregivers at The Bay at Sheridan, this success would never have been possible.”

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