PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — After outrage from the Sweet Home community and residents of the Wiley Creek Lodge, Samaritan Health announced Friday it will keep the community running as an independent and assisted living facility.
Samaritan was considering turning the 44-bed facility for seniors into a 15-bed residential alcohol and drug treatment facility, which upset many residents.
“I won’t have anywhere to go,” Wiley Creek resident Viki Whitaker said. “It makes me physically sick to my stomach, the stress.”
In a statement Friday, President and CEO of Samaritan Health, Larry A. Mullins, said they heard the concerns of the community.
“Out of sincere respect and concern for the residents of Wiley Creek and their families, we will continue our assisted living operations and will look for ways to add to those services on the campus.”
Mullins said Samaritan still plans to open a treatment facility in the region, but they will explore other options. He then apologized for the situation.
“We sincerely regret the anxiety created for residents and families,” Mullins said.