Rocky Mountain Care Center in Helena is closing

Phil Drake

Rocky Mountain Care Center, a skilled nursing residence in Helena, has announced that it is closing and that Dec. 24 will be its last day. 

“Our sincerest thanks to all of you for the support you have provided over the years,” a post on its website says, adding it has provided 45 years of excellence.

Rocky Mountain Care Center, attached to the old St. John’s Hospital at 30 S. Rodney St., is operated by Lantis Enterprises and has 25 residents, who were told Tuesday the facility was closing. Rocky Mountain Care Center will help them relocate, the chief operating officer of Lantis Enterprises said Wednesday.

“It’s the perfect storm,” COO Wendy Soulek, who at one time was administrator of the Helena facility, said about the closing. She added that the care center, which she said has been in Helena since 1992, had an excellent team and a 5-star rating. She said people are choosing options other than nursing homes and that Medicaid reimbursement rates set by the state Legislature are not high enough.

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“Medicaid is always underfunded,” she said.

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