Bassett Healthcare Network and a company that was the successful bidder for public nursing homes in Ulster and Chautauqua counties are among eight companies that have submitted formal proposals for the Otsego Manor, the 174-bed nursing home that Otsego County officials have decided to privatize.
The cutoff for proposals was Sept. 27.
Otsego County Rep. Katherine Stuligross, the chairwoman of the Otsego County Healthcare Facilities Corp., said the corporation’s board members will now review the proposals in detail and try to select the best three or four. The finalists will then be given additional scrutiny, she said.
Bassett is the only bidder based in Otsego County. Its network includes not only Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta and Cobleskill Regional Hospital, but also more than two dozen health clinics throughout an eight-county region.
Bassett offered no immediate comment on the Manor proposal that reached the local development corporation in time to be considered. In August, when the hospital first signaled it was considering making a bid for the Manor, a Bassett spokeswoman called the nursing home “a critical part of the health services network in our region.”
Another company angling to take over the Manor, Vestracare, already operates the Susquehanna Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Johnson City.
Its three principals, Dr. Anthony J. Bacchi, Martin Farbenblum and Edward O. Farbenblum, are also involved in a partnership that was the successful bidder for the public nursing homes formerly run by Ulster County and Chautauqua County.
The partnership agreed to pay Ulster County $11.25 million for the deficit-ridden Golden Hill Nursing Home in Kingston this year, according to the Kingston Daily Freeman newspaper. That offer was $750,000 more than the $10.5 million selling price that Ulster County’s local development corporation had set for the property. The partnership, under the terms of the sale, also agreed to retain most of the county employees who worked at Golden Hill.