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From Horace Nye to Essex Home for Rehabilitation and Healthcare

The Old County Courthouse in Elizabethtown was filled with residents of the Horace Nye Nursing home and many who were protesting the sale of the facility to Centers for Specialized Care during the June 5, 2012 Board of Supervisors meeting.

The Old County Courthouse in Elizabethtown was filled with residents of the Horace Nye Nursing home and many who were protesting the sale of the facility to Centers for Specialized Care during the June 5, 2012 Board of Supervisors meeting. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Essex County officials are hoping it will have cleared the final hurdle in the sale of the Horace Nye Nursing Home by the end of the week.

The handover for the county-run facility to the private organization Centers for Specialty Care (CSC) was delayed yet again several days before its scheduled handover on Friday, Jan. 31, this time because the parties wanted to “address a few loose ends,” relative to the septic system, said county attorney Daniel Manning.

Manning said the county expects the sale to become finalized in the first week of February, a statement echoed by CSC representatives.

Despite the years-long process that’s only now nearing its belabored conclusion, the particulars swirling around the decision to privatize the 182-year-old facility and the issues that have arisen as a result, including the responsibilities of the state in elder care, the fates of the home’s 133 staffers, which and any services will be trimmed, and if the newly minted “Essex Home for Rehabilitation and Healthcare” will cast away Medicaid recipients in favor of more lucrative revenue streams, seem no closer to being resolved — at least not publicly.

Behind the scenes, however, county officials were nailing down some of the thornier particulars that have flummoxed both the public and the county Board of Supervisors since the discussion to sell was first floated almost four years ago.

While Manning couldn’t give the Valley News a copy of the contract for confidentiality reasons, he did discuss clauses addressing the concerns that inquiring parties continue to bring up in both public and private forums, including at last month’s spate of weekly committee meetings.

“All current residents will be retained and will not be transferred to other facilities,” he read. “Essex County residents will be given preference for treatment and all union employees are guaranteed positions with the new owners.”

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