“I take it very seriously, even though there are some challenging obstacles to it,” he said. “But that’s all the more reason to put our foot on the accelerator, to explore those issues quickly.”
Faced with the nursing home’s deteriorating financial condition and projections for an escalating taxpayer subsidy, the board has indicated it wants to sell the Manor to the highest “responsible” bidder. An advocate for Manor residents, Maureen Culbert of Springfield, said she has amassed 1,800 signatures from local residents who indicated they want the home to remain a property of the county. Union workers and some patients have said they fear privatizing the Manor will lead to reductions in the quality of patient care.