By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — Less than a year after acquiring Midwest Medical Center, 4700 Schaefer Road, Molina Healthcare plans to close the center by Sept. 30.
Employees were notified Aug. 1 about the company’s decision. Crains Detroit reported that 120 jobs will be affected and that Molina had been losing $400,000 per month.
King’s Pharmacy, Oakwood Internal Medicine, Kresge Eye Institute and Oakwood Family Dentists who share the building will not be affected by the Molina closing.
Molina acquired the center in 2016, and took over the 24/7 urgent care, multi-speciality clinic, full service lab with diagnostics capability, radiology including ultrasound and mammogram and the physical therapy, occupational therapy and rehabilitation services.
Midwest Medical Center is owned by Beaumont Health and was leased to Molina. Under Beaumont’s management the center was losing $700,000 per month, according to Crains Detroit.
“Beaumont will care and welcome any patients affected by this transition who need medical care. Patients can call 1-800-633-7377 for a physician recommendation or receive care at our Dearborn hospital,” Dearborn Spokeswoman Paula Rivera-Kerr said.
Molina refused to comment on the closing of the center but released the following statement:
“Molina has made the business decision to no longer provide direct delivery services through our clinic in Michigan effective September 30, 2017,” Molina Healthcare Public Relations Manager Leigh Woodward said in an email. “We regret the impact this will have on affected employees and we will be providing outplacement assistance and severance to ease the transition. We are working with network providers to ensure that our patients continue to receive the care they need and deserve through our trusted partners.”
On July 24, Reuters reported Molina announced it would cut 1,400 jobs, or 10 percent of its employees in the coming months as part of a restructuring plan.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at [email protected].)