Douglas names Horace Nye sub-committee

The Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown.

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

— Following the debate and suggestions at the April 16 meeting of the Horace Nye Committee, the chair of the Essex County Board of Supervisors had the final say.

Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas appointed three of his peers to the Horace Nye Pending Sale Evaluation Sub-Committee late last week, along with Office for the Aging Director Patty Bashaw and Horace Nye Home Registered Nurse Sabrina Westover.

Douglas named Lewis Supervisor David Blades as the chair of the sub-committee, with Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley and Minerva Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey as fellow members. County Public Health Director Linda Beers was named as an alternate and advisor for the committee.

Douglas said that the task of the newly formed group was to visit and evaluate the operations of the private firms that submitted bids for the purchase of the Horace Nye Nursing Home.

“The intent of the committee is to observe the operations of these homes, to evaluate care within the facilities, and to gauge the level of satisfaction of the residents and the residents families as it relates to the care provided,” Douglas said. “Ultimately the committee will review, compare and confirm their findings through various independent sources and provide the full Board with recommendations.”

Douglas said that he chose Westover over Horace Nye Director Deborah Gifford because he wanted someone “directly involved in patient care,” as part of the team that would be going to the different sites.

“Those names at the meeting were only suggestions at the time,” Douglas said. “I felt more comfortable to have someone with patient care and that was directly involved in that area.”

Douglas said that the members selected for the committee will be fair in their evaluations

“I feel confident in the group selected,” he said. “I believe they are going into this with open minds for the betterment of Essex County.”

The sub-committee will travel to homes run by Eliot Management of Monsey, Centers for Specialty Care of New York and Gerald Woods, CPA, of Baldwin.

In a second round of bidding, Eliot added $100,000 to their base bid of $4 million, while Centers for Specialty Care added $50,000 and Woods declined to re-submit a bid. All three had bid the minimum asking price when the originals were opened in March.

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