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Sports memorabilia auction at North Creek nursing home

— •Dave LaPoint autographed baseball, 1990 New York Yankees opening day pitcher

•Dave LaPoint autographed baseball, 1982 World Series Champs, St. Louis Cardinals

Plus, there are $8,000 worth of hunting and fishing items in the raffle, with 12 chances to win. And the center is raffling off a four-wheeler: 2013 Yamaha Grizzly 4x4 automatic, electric start ATV. Tickets are $20 each or three for $50.

The Sportsmen’s Raffle and sports memorabilia auction will be held 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Tannery Pond Community Center. Refreshments will be served.

The phone number to call for people who are interested in bidding for the sports memorabilia is 251-4712.

Tough times

An auditor recently found that the Medicaid reimbursement rate per resident is $156 a day at the center, according to Payne. Yet the cost per resident is $242 a day, a shortfall of about $84 per resident.

The center makes up the difference a number of ways, including rent from the Hudson Headwaters Health Network for its North Creek Health Center, income from the adult day care and rehabilitation, donations, and fundraisers such as the Sportsmen’s Raffle.

“The Medicare rate is higher, so that helps offset the losses from Medicaid,” Payne said. “Our private rate is higher than the Medicaid rate, so that helps ... We have other things going on, but those things are also drying up and it’s becoming more and more difficult to survive.”

The word “county” placed in the name — Adirondack Tri-County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center — gives some people the impression that this is a county nursing home. It’s not.

“We’re not run by the government,” Payne said. “We get no tax subsidies from anyone. The name is misleading to a lot of people. Adirondack Tri-County — they think we’re getting money from the counties. We get nothing from the counties, nothing from the towns in the area. We survive on our own. We’re a 501-c-3 corporation, a not-for-profit.”

The Adirondack Tri-County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was established in 1974. It is the largest employer within 30 miles, employing 122 people, and provides care for 82 residents, plus day care and outpatient therapy.

“We provide a lot of medical solutions for people here in North Creek,” Payne said. “The next closest nursing home is probably 40 miles away ... If we weren’t here, people would be transporting or would be going to visit their loved ones 40 miles in some other direction.”

For more information about the center, visit online at www.adirondacknursing.com.

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