North Central Health Care and Lincoln County discuss long-term management of Pine Crest Nursing Home by NCHC beginning in 2020

For Immediate Release: August 6, 2019

Since May of 2019, North Central Health Care (NCHC) has provided an interim administrator for Pine Crest Nursing Home in Merrill, WI due to the retirement of Lisa Gervais, former Pine Crest Administrator. Lincoln County reached out to NCHC to serve as the interim administrator during the transition. In agreeing to manage Pine Crest over the 90-day interim period this summer, NCHC agreed to provide:
1) A full-time on-site licensed nursing home administrator;
2) Staff and education support to the Board of Trustees;
3) A review of operations and financial reporting;
4) Recruitment support in hiring a new Nursing Home Administrator; and
5) A proposed 2020 budget.

As part of the interim management agreement, NCHC also performed an analysis to determine how and if it would make sense for NCHC to manage Pine Crest on behalf of Lincoln County going forward.

“After diving into the possibility of a longer term relationship with NCHC, the Pine Crest Board of Trustees, Lincoln County Administration and NCHC all believe it is in the best interest of Pine Crest and Lincoln County to have NCHC manage Pine Crest starting in 2020.” -Michael Loy, CEO, North Central Health Care

Michael Loy, CEO of NCHC, delivered a letter the community in Lincoln County regarding the future of Pine Crest Nursing Home in Merrill, WI. This letter was sent to NCHC’s partnering county boards, Pine Crest Board of Trustees, as well as employees and residents of Pine Crest Nursing Home. The complete letter can be found at the following link:

The contents of this letter communicate out the details of the current operations, ongoing discussion and public meetings taking place regarding the management of Pine Crest. Public meetings began August 5 and will continue through August 20, 2019. The public is encouraged to attend public meetings to learn more and provide feedback regarding Pine Crest.

North Central Health Care provides compassionate and specialized care for people with complex behavioral and skilled nursing needs in Langlade, Lincoln and Marathon counties. Person-centered services are provided for mental health, substance abuse, crisis, developmental disabilities, adult protection, aquatic physical therapy and skilled nursing care that fulfill and enrich lives throughout our communities.


For more information, please contact:
North Central Health Care, Jessica Meadows, Marketing & Communications
1100 Lake View Drive • Wausau, WI 54403