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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.

— “Did we get a chance to look at their financials?” Scozzafava asked. “It just seems to me that the money that they are making is in the rehab. There has to be some rhyme or reason how they are operating in the black when they are paying comparable wages as we do at Horace Nye.”

“For the people that were there, they are getting what they were getting,” Corey said. “That may change when new hires come in, and I would say that the rates are right in the ballpark with what we have.”

Scozzafava said he wanted to know if the Centers for Specialty Care was in the black.

“If we sell this home to a corporation that goes belly-up in the next five years, then we are going to have a big problem with beds here in Essex County,” Scozzafava said.

The sub-committee did not report on their visits to the other two sites, stating that they felt the Centers for Specialty Care was the superior operation. Elliot Management had the highest bid of $4,100,000, while Centers for Specialty Care bid $4,050,000 and Gerald Wood bid the base $4,000,000.

“The reason we didn't look at Elliot was because they did not meet what we were looking for as far as skilled nursing,” Blades said. “They were all assisted living and that is not what we want here in the county. It just did not meet what we were looking for.”

Blades also explained where the committee felt Wood fell short.

“They gave a very good presentation, but my concern was that they operate one nursing home and maybe we need to let the future determine if that operation is going to be sufficient,” Blades said.

During the Ways and Means Committee meeting, Scozzafava moved for a resolution calling on the board to hold a public hearing before any final vote was made on the potential sale. The vote was defeated by a 9-9 vote.

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