continued Blades explained the work that his group did during their visits to several nursing home and care facilities operated by the three organizations that had placed bids on Horace Nye: Centers for Specialty Care based in New York City; Gerald Wood, CPA, out of Nassau County and Elliot Management Group out of Rockland County.
The committee was comprised of supervisors Blades, Bartley and Sue Montgomery Corey of Minerva, along with Horace Nye nurse Sabrina Westover, county Office for the Aging Director Patty Bashaw and Beers.
Each of the members of the task force spoke highly of their experiences at the four sites owned by Centers for Specialty Care.
Corey specifically addressed the question of Medicaid patients, which she did not believe would be a problem.
“Medicaid patients were most of the beds, and they are committed to doing the same thing if they are to come here,” Corey said.
After the presentation, County Board Chairman Randy Douglas thanked the board for their work and stressed that they were an independent committee.
“When I appointed this committee, I had no previous conversations with any of them,” Douglas said. “I knew Patty and Linda would give us their honest input. Everyone knows where I am and everyone knows where Tom was. I tried to put a committee together that was unbiased and would come back with the best opinion.”
“What you have not heard is a report on the other two that submitted bids,” Blades said.
“I think they answered our problems,” Schroon Supervisor Michael Marnell said.
“We can see that you put in an awful lot of effort and were very, very realistic,” Crown Point Supervisor Charles Harrington said.
Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava questioned the sub-committee on the organization’s spending and financial practices, including if employees make the same after the transition in other counties that Centers for Specialty Care had taken over.