She also noted the transfer will provide a new stream of property tax and school tax revenue.
The Manor has been losing money to the tune of about $500,000 a month, putting a strain on the county treasury, according to county officials. The Board of Representatives has kept the salaries of the county’s non-union managerial employees frozen for the past six years.
The finalization of the contracts comes three months after a divided LDC voted 4-3 to sell the Manor to Focus Ventures, which is based in Rockland County. The bid that came up one vote short was submitted by VestraCare, which operates Susquehanna Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Johnson City.
Zupnik said in a statement: “We won’t miss a beat in providing current residents the same high level of quality care they are used to. Beyond that, my longer term vision is to increase the options of care available. We will add adult day care as soon as possible. Our long-term plans call for working with officials to add the county’s first Medicaid-funded assisted living facility as well as senior housing to the site. These are options for seniors who may want an alternative to living in a nursing home.”
The expansion of services will create new opportunities for employees, said Maureen Imperato, the Manor’s director of nursing.
Rep. Kathleen Clark, R-Otego, the chairwoman of the county board, thanked the LDC members “for their dedication and diligence and the countless hours they devoted to finding a quality buyer for the Manor.”
“I am confident that the (LDC) board has selected an operator who is capable of delivering quality services to present and future residents of the nursing home,” Clark said.
The contract between the LDC and Zupnik’s company is expected to be posted next week on Otsego County’s web site: www.otsegocounty.com.
Griffin said the date for the real estate closing will hinge on whether the state Public Health and Health Planning Council takes up the deal when it meets on July 28 or its subsequent meeting. The council has authority over transfers of ownership of health care facilities in New York.