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Manor appraisal not tied to sale

Saturday, July 20, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

Westmoreland Manor is not for sale.

County commissioners said Thursday there are no plans to turn over the keys to the public nursing home in Hempfield to a private owner.

Concerns over the facility's future came to light this week after appraisers were brought in to the nursing home to assess its value.

“There is no plan to sell it. We're just trying to find out what it's worth,” Commissioner Charles Anderson said.

Commissioners accepted an offer from a private appraiser to provide a free valuation of the manor.

The appraisal is still being prepared.

Commissioner Tyler Courtney said a sale option is off the table for now, but the county needs to know how much of an asset it has in the facility should health care changes make the operation of a nursing home cost-prohibitive.

Sandy Flanders, the county's finance director, said no local taxpayer money was used to run the manor last year.

“We have not had to do that for years,” Flanders said.

The manor operates with a $43 million budget generated through patient revenues as well as state and federal reimbursements.

Complete Healthcare Resources, a private company from eastern Pennsylvania, manages the 400-bed facility. Last year, the county paid more than $682,000 to the company to serve as the manor's administrator. The county was reimbursed that payment through revenues generated at the nursing home.

Complete Healthcare has run the manor since 1996. Its current five-year contract is due to expire at the end of the year.

The company pays the salaries of the facility's two top administrators and its director of nursing.

“We're going to put (the contract) up for bid,” Anderson said.

Commissioner Ted Kopas said county officials have been satisfied with the management of the manor.

“There are no plans to sell it, and I would be very hesitant to do so in the future,” Kopas said.

Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6293 or rcholodofsky@tribweb.com.

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