Glendale Adventist to close child care center, citing red ink

Glendale Adventist Medical Center has announced plans to close its children’s community center in Montrose, saying it can no longer afford to prop up a venture that since opening in April 2000, was losing roughly $200,000 a year.

In a statement released Tuesday, Kevin A. Roberts, president and chief executive of the hospital, said the cost of operating the community center on Waltonia Drive had detracted from their “essential mission.”

“Unfortunately, although this satellite child care center provides value to the community, it is not part of our essential mission,” he said. “Healthcare reform and declining payments to hospitals will require that we make these difficult decisions to remain effective."

The center -- which currently provides child daycare services 62 children ages six weeks to 5 years old -- is slated to close Oct. 5, according to the hospital.

The decision to close the center came after a financial review determined that the cost to Glendale Adventist was detracting from the hospital’s “core business focus -- providing quality healthcare services for the community,” according to the statement.

Glendale Adventist Medical Center officials will work with the affected families to make the transition “as easy as possible,” the hospital said.

-- Jason Wells, Times Community News

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