In response to Warren County’s initiative to sell or privatize its Westmount Nursing Home, four bids have been received — and the firms’ proposals will be presented to the public. The first presentation is set for 9 a.m. Monday March 18.
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QUEENSBURY Warren County has received four bids for the purchase or privatization of Westmount Health Facility, and the public will soon hear presentations by three of the entities seeking to operate it.
The three leading bidders have offered $2.2 million to $3.5 million for the skilled nursing home.
The county will be hosting the three bidders at one or more public meetings, expected to occur within the next month. At these events, the firms are to be making presentations that detail their offers.
County Administrator Paul Dusek said Monday that the bid documents, which detail how the facility would be operated, would not be made public at this time because they contain proprietary information and that making them public would taint competition over the purchase. The documents also contain private information about the firms’ finances.
The fourth firm, which submitted he lowest bid, isn’t being eliminated from consideration, Dusek said. The firm, Affinity Skilled Living Rehabilitation — which offered $1.6 million — may be considered after the other the offers from the three higher bidders are fully considered, he said.
The three entities to receive first consideration are LTC Midwest WC LLC from western New York which bid $3.5 million; Fort Hudson Health Systems of Fort Edward, $2.2 million; and Centers for Specialty Care of NYC, $2.2 million.
Dusek said the three have submitted differing proposals, and the offers include expanding services or enlarging the facility.
He said the county was appointing a negotiating team consisting of county supervisors, administrators and Westmount management; as well as a “resource team” of supervisors to oversee sale negotiations.
“We want to assure all issues are covered in the sale and the transition period,” he said.
Dusek has emphasized that in any sale or privatization of Westmount, the county should be guaranteed that:
•Medicaid and Medicare patients be provided with continued care;
•existing employees be retained when feasible;
• services be expanded into assisted living, rehabilitation of adult day care; and
• new jobs be created through such expansion.