Horace Nye Task Force tabs Centers for Specialty Care

Group bid less, but provided better services

The Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown.

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

— Members of the Horace Nye Task Force have made their recommendation to sell the Essex County owned nursing home to Centers for Specialty Care.

Members of the Horace Nye Task Force sub-committee overwhelmingly showed their support for the New York City-based care provider who also operate 15 facilities in the state, according to Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley, who sits on the committee.

The task force committee then voted to follow the sub-committees recommendation May 29.

“As the supervisor of Elizabethtown, I am looking for a nursing home operator that would be a good community member,” Bartley said. “I believe that this nursing home group would be a good member of the Elizabethtown community.”

Department of Public Health Director Linda Beers, who served as an alternate and advisor to the sub-committee, echoed Bartley's recommendation.

“Centers for specialty care seem to be doing a far better job than any of the other places that I had called on,” Beers said. “Not all places received great reports, but all of the places that we looked at for this group had great reports.”

Bartley said she felt the study of the organizations had helped her clear her mind on some issues.

“I had not made up my mind, and I am the only one that is going to have to make this decision in my town,” Bartley said. “I respect the residents and the employees, but I have to do what is best for the town of Elizabethtown. After this visit, I very much believe in them and am sleeping more comfortably at night.”

The sub-committee, led by chairman and Lewis Supervisor David Blades, presented the findings of his group during a special task force committee meeting May 29 following the monthly Ways and Means Committee meeting.

“Each one of us discussed it..., and we all felt that the Centers for Specialty Care would be the best fit for Essex County,” Blades said.

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