It is with heavy hearts that we inform our residents, family members and our community partners that the CRISTA Board of Trustee has made the difficult decision to cease operations at CRISTA Rehab & Skilled Care, the skilled nursing center located on our Shoreline campus. Our target date for closure is August 31, 2020, though we will continue to operate until each of our current residents has found placement in a new home able to meet their personal and clinical needs.

CRISTA is committed to providing quality Senior Living services. It has been CRISTA’s experience that financing and operating a viable skilled nursing care center has become increasingly challenging for all providers, and particularly for single facility operators such as CRISTA. While CRISTA is blessed to currently hold a Four-Star Quality Rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the call to meet or exceed ever-developing quality and safety requirements while adapting to modified reimbursement payment models designed to reduce Federal costs has proven unsustainable for CRISTA.

CRISTA is not unique in making the painful decision to close; we now join more than twenty other skilled nursing facilities in Washington which for various reasons have reached a point of announcing imminent closure since 2017.

As you can imagine, our immediate efforts are focused on supporting our nursing home residents, their families and the staff members impacted by the closure of our skilled nursing facility. We have begun the process of finding caring homes for the residents of CRISTA Rehab & Skilled Care, places where their clinical and personal needs will be met and where they can continue to be safe and happy. We are investing in additional support staff to assist with the transitions for the impacted residents and their families.

This ministry has been greatly blessed by the nurses, caregivers and support staff who have devoted themselves to the care of our residents at CRISTA Rehab & Skilled Care. These teammates have shown themselves to be true heroes during the battle against COVID-19, and CRISTA grieves the loss of jobs associated with the nursing home closure. We are concurrently taking steps to communicate important details about the closure with our employees. Some of these valued workers may find roles in other areas of CRISTA Senior Living, and CRISTA will make strides to help the remainder find new jobs at other care facilities where their gifts and passion are needed.

Each of CRISTA’s two retirement communities – the Cristwood Retirement Community in Shoreline and Crista Shores in Silverdale – will each continue to operate as a life plan community, also commonly known as a continuing care retirement community (CCRC). CRISTA remains firmly committed to providing its life plan community residents with a continuum of care, including long-term care, and it recognizes that it can do this sustainably using alternatives to the traditional nursing home setting. These alternatives include easier access to home health care in CRISTA’s independent and assisted living settings, as well as access to partnerships with nearby skilled nursing facilities to provide higher acuity care as needed by our residents.

CRISTA has a rich heritage of serving seniors over the last 70 years, and we are committed to continuing the vision and calling of our founder, Mike Martin. May the Lord shine His light upon our path.

In His service,

Glen Melin
CRISTA Vice President for Senior Living

“The Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
Psalm 100:5