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October 10, 2013

Bassett Healthcare network among eight bidders for Otsego Manor

Cutoff for proposals was Sept. 27


In Dunkirk, VestraCare made a 10 percent down payment this week towards its $16.5 million purchase of the Chautauqua County Home. Officials there said the county was losing $7,000 a day on the Chautauqua home. That property also reportedly includes a gas well that the county paid $400,000 to have installed but was never made operational.

The other six bids include one from Upstate Services Group, which last year was picked by the Onondaga County legislature as the successful bidder of that county’s 513-bed nursing home.

The other five bidders were identified by Stuligross as: Focus Ventures of Airmont; the Centers for Specialty Care Corp. in the Bronx; Personal Healthcare of Tarrytown; Rosenbaum & Associates, based in South Salem; and Corporate Office of Niskayuna.

Stuligross said the members of the local development corporation have no early favorite going into the review process.

“Nobody has an edge,” she said. “We will evaluate them all based on the same criteria.”

Significant research will be done to ensure that the finalists in the review process are all financially stable firms, Stuligross said.

“It wouldn’t help to get a bid from a company that couldn’t sustain the operation,” she said, noting the bidders have all been asked to submit three years of financial statements with their proposals. “We want to get the best proposal out of this as possible.”

The next owner of the Manor, through the state’s certificate-of-need process, would also have to convince the state Department of Health that it is financially fit enough to run the Manor.

Otsego County officials have said what they will do everything they can to avoid the type of transition that took place after Delaware County sold its nursing home to a private operator, Leatherstocking Healthcare LLC. The facility closed a year ago after it was unable to satisfy state demands to correct dozens of deficiencies at the 199-bed facility in Delhi.

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