Support Bay Bluffs Medical Care Facility Harbor Springs Michigan

Support Bay Bluffs

You can help those in our community who need our care – today and tomorrow!

Since 1966, families in Emmet County have been able to count on Bay Bluffs, the county medical care facility, for high quality long-term and skilled rehabilitation care.

Through the Bay Bluffs Foundation, you have a chance to help those who need our care your family, your friends, your neighbors.


Needs for Bay Bluffs

The most immediate needs of the facility involve updates and upgrades to kitchen and laundry facility equipment, replacement of worn resident room furnishings and renovation of neighborhoods to accommodate the changing needs of the resident population.

As the “Baby Boom” population hits their 70’s, 80’s and 90’s in the next 5-10 years, cases of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are forecast to increase significantly. This population boom in older adults with memory impairment and complex care needs will result in an increasing need for around-the-clock, skilled nursing care.

Bay Bluffs is currently equipped to provide that kind of specialized, skilled nursing care to a small segment of its resident population as we stand currently. We accept residents regardless of their income source or ability to pay and manage a positive fund-balance at this time.

As a county-owned long-term care facility, Bay Bluffs primarily cares for those who are on Medicaid, per state requirements. Bay Bluffs uses no county funds for operating, however, with the increasing need for individualized, skilled nursing care, residents with significant acuity issues will need to be housed in rooms that provide maximum safety and security for both the Resident and staff. The forecast for increasing numbers of adults needing our care presents us with the need to increase the number of private rooms and to secure our neighborhoods more effectively to accommodate their needs.

By increasing the number of single occupancy rooms and replacing or repairing aging facility equipment, Bay Bluffs will be able to continue to provide the highest quality care and staffing for our Emmet County community. These steps will help meet the rising tide over the next 5-10 years and the county will benefit through maximizing federal and state reimbursement, employment of over 200 individuals, and purchase of services from local businesses that support the facility.

Partners Facility Assessment

A facility assessment was completed on the building in 2016 and again in 2021. Both assessments indicating the same areas of infrastructure require updates.

Over the next 10 years, the capital millage passed in 2021 for Bay Bluffs will provide for updates to the county care facility campus, frame and building structure, mechanical and electrical systems, accessibility issues, and renovation of resident living areas to accommodate the changing needs of the resident population.

Download Partners Facility Assessment

Did you know?

To replace the facility all together is more than a $20 million price tag! Investing in updates to the facility infrastructure allows operating revenue to support direct resident care and ensure a safe living environment for county residents in need.