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Horace Nye sub committee completes visits

The Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown.

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

— The Horace Nye Nursing Home sub-committee started their tours of facilities in their own back yard recently.

Chairman David Blades of Lewis said that the group, made up of Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley and Minerva Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey, along with Office for the Aging Director Patty Bashaw and Horace Nye Home Registered Nurse Sabrina Westover, started their assignment with a visit to the Horace Nye Home.

“We went through the Horace Nye Home first so we could get a better understanding of what to look for along with the strengths and weaknesses of the home here,” Blades said.

Blades said that, as of May 7, the sub-committee had visited homes run by two of the three organizations that had bid on the home, and was leaving from the regular monthly meeting of the Essex County Board of Supervisors to tour the third.

“We started last week and had to space them out because they are located throughout the state,” Blades said. “We have hit two so far. It’s tough to give a response to what we have been impressed with so far because we are not all the way through the process and the visits.”

Blades said that he plans to sit down with County Chairman Randy Douglas of Jay after the final visits to plot out the remaining course of action.

“I want to sit down with the chairman and see how he wants the recommendations put together and what information he wants us to provide,” Blades said. “I would assume that it will all go very quick, though.”

Douglas said that he was hopeful that the sub-committee could give their report and recommendations within a month of their formation, which was on April 20.

Along with the members, County Public Health Director Linda Beers was named as an alternate and advisor for the committee.

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