Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD) will soon close a satellite office near its company headquarters in Brentwood, Tennessee, leaving 58 employees looking for other work.
The nation’s largest senior living operator is transitioning responsibilities out of the shuttered office and into the field. The affected employees work in intake and document tracking with Brookdale’s healthcare services division, which covers services such as home health care and hospice. The relocations are meant to increase the quality of care and improve the company’s operational performance, a representative for the company told Senior Housing News.
The changes are set to begin taking effect on April 6 and continue through April 20, according to a Feb. 20 notice with the Tennessee Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development.
“Associates affected by these changes will continue working during the transition time and we expect that some will be able to move into other positions at Brookdale that match their skills and experience,” a statement from the company reads. “We anticipate the creation of new positions across the field as we reallocate resources and continue to maintain a large presence in Brentwood, the home of our corporate office.”
The move comes on the heels of a fourth-quarter 2019 earnings call in which executives said the company plans to “reorganize” its health services division after previously lackluster results for its home health care business line. At the same time, the company did show some signs of progress in its ongoing senior housing turnaround.
Although the latest news prompted headlines about Brookdale laying off corporate associates, the company said it is not eliminating any positions at its Brentwood headquarters. And, many of the employees stand a chance of staying with the company once their term of employment is up in April, the company noted.
Brookdale identified 42 open company positions in the Nashville area and has encouraged the affected employees to apply for them.
“We offer a sincere thank you to the associates impacted by this change and encourage them to apply for other positions,” a statement from the company reads.