Redevelopment of former Bronson facility could add 80 jobs

VICKSBURG, MI — Bronson Healthcare sold its 40,000-square-foot outpatient center in Vicksburg to a healthcare organization that will redevelop the site for new use.

According to a Friday release, New Leaf Management, LLC plans to bring 60-80 jobs to the former hospital and rehabilitation center at 13326 N. Boulevard St. The company is a sister entity to Turning Leaf Residential Rehabilitation Services, Inc., a Michigan-based assisted living provider.

Turning Leaf will begin renovating the facility in the fall and expects to be operational by mid-January 2019.

Vicksburg Village Manager Jim Mallery called the purchase a “win-win” for everyone involved.

“This is great news for the village and for families in the area who can benefit from the services Turning Leaf offers,” he said in the release. “I look forward to welcoming the Turning Leaf team and the job opportunities they will bring to our community.”

Turning Leaf specializes in supporting adults who live with a mental health, intellectual or developmental disability. It employs 185 employees across 18 programs throughout Michigan.

Executive Director Sami W. Al Jallad said the company looks forward to the renovating the property and having a “productive impact” in the local community.

The Vicksburg program will serve aging adults who may otherwise meet nursing home care criteria, but also possess an underlying mental health diagnosis that makes it difficult for them to access traditional programs.

According to the release, Bronson’s decision to sell the Vicksburg facility was based on a shift in the general population’s willingness to travel to Vicksburg.

Bronson’s outpatient rehabilitation department was the the last service remaining in the facility building before its sale. Staff will relocate later this year to the outpatient rehabilitation department on the Kalamazoo hospital campus.

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Bronson Family Medicine, as well as the lab draw station, anti-coagulation center and dietitian services, are unaffected by the outpatient center sale. They continue serve patients in the building adjacent to the facility, at 13320 N. Boulevard St.

“Over the past several years, we have looked at many ideas for repurposing this building, always hoping we’d find a partner and solution that could make the best possible use of this facility and be beneficial to the community,” said Bronson Senior Vice President Mike Way. “We’re extremely pleased to have found that perfect fit with Turning Leaf.”  


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