You’ve Got a Lot of Living to Do


Bay Bluffs continues to maintain all local, state and federal requirements related to the prevention of COVID 19 within our community.

Visitation is limited and can be scheduled by calling us at 231-526-2161.

Bay Bluffs Foundation

Who we are: Founded in 2006, the Foundation is a 501 ( C ) 3, non-profit organization created as a vehicle for donors to support special programs and services of the nursing facility.

What we do: Raise money to support capital needs or special projects and programs that enhance the quality of life of residents at Bay Bluffs, the Emmet County Medical Care Facility. Foundation contributions are used to support programs and services not supported by traditional reimbursement.

Why we do it: Bay Bluffs opened its doors to Emmet County residents in 1966 with the purpose of providing skilled nursing care for all, without regard to the ability to pay or payer source. With no operating millage, the Foundation is a critical component of the long-term viability of Bay Bluffs for future generations.

Giving opportunities: memorial or tribute gifts, grants, donor designated one-time or multi-year gifts.

Current donor designated funds

  • Pandemic Recovery Funds: Pandemic recovery funds will be used to offset purchase of needed personal protective equipment and support the capital budget for 2020 that is now being used for operating due to the reduction in resident census and lack of admissions due to COVID-19.
  • Music and Memory Program Fund
  • “Positive Approach to Care” Fund
  • Activities Program Fund
  • Staff Support Fund
  • Capital Project Fund
  • Unrestricted Fund

2020 needs: 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.

Bay Bluffs Foundation- Board of Directors

  • David Buzzeli (Co-Chair)
  • Mike Hinz (Co-Chair)
  • Janet Gentle
  • Lisa Blanchard
  • Charlie MacInnis
  • William Marshall, Sr.
  • Lauri Hartmann
  • Jim Schroeder
  • Valerie Wilson
  • Mike Greer
  • Lisa Ashley (Secretary)

For more information on the Bay Bluffs Foundation, please contact Lisa Ashley at (231) 526-4400 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.