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County to seek higher price tag for Horace Nye

Bid price will not be sole factor in sale

The Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown.

The Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— “My concern right now is that we do not seem to have a clear path that we are following,” Bartley said. “We are doing some things at different times that are confusing some people. This is going to go on until we have a date.”

“My intention is after we get through the process of the bidding, and if this board wants to select a bidder, I will appoint a committee to visit the sites of some of the facilities that these companies operate,” Douglas said. “When we see what bids we receive, the task force will take those bids and look at them. It's not just to look at the financials, its to look at everything and do our due diligence to find out how they operate.”

Douglas said that the county would do everything needed before a decision was made.

“If we do decide to sell, I do believe that we will have done our job and our duty,” he said. “It is a long process and we can't really give them a date of where we were going to be through the process.”

Service debate

Discussion during the resolution’s time on the floor also included looking at the level of care at the facility.

“I am looking around here and the information shows that the private homes are looking good, the not-for-profits are not and the Horace Nye Home is in the middle,” Bartley said.

“There's people who will think that people are going to be put out onto the street and lose jobs and that is just not the case,” Wilmington Supervisor Randy Preston said. “If you go to the Health Department and look at the Horace Nye Home and the three bidders, you will see that we do not fare well against them.”

“I have to believe that they both give really good care and that there is isolated incidents in either one,” Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow said. “Maybe short term, everything will be fine. But in the long term, we need a place for our residents to go. No one will be put out of the nursing home, but accepting new people, no matter what kind of strings you have attached, is going to change.”

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