The sudden shutdown in March of plastic surgery chain Lifestyle Lift has created confusion for patients looking for refunds on scheduled services that never happened. The company’s 400 laid-off employees, meanwhile, have been scrambling to find answers to questions about incomplete final paychecks and how to access retirement benefits.
Now, with Lifestyle Lift under the protection of a Detroit bankruptcy court
, clarity over what happens next is slowly coming into focus.
This week, a bankruptcy judge put the company’s wind-down into the hands of a court-appointed chapter 11 trustee, Detroit-based Basil Simon. The judge also appointed a patient care ombudsman, Deborah Fish, to ensure patient files are safeguarded and privacy issues are addressed.
“My phone’s been ringing off the hook from doctors, lawyers, patients, and creditors,” Mr. Simon told Bankruptcy Beat on Thursday. “I’m trying to filter through everything.”
Mr. Simon said that patients looking for information should contact Ms. Fish but that other questions should go to him.
At the time of its bankruptcy filing, Lifestyle Lift said it was working with a new management company on a revival of the company. That’s no longer the case. “There’s not going to be a restructuring,” William Blasses, an attorney for Lifestyle Lift, recently said in court.