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Grattan: County can no longer afford Pine Haven

May 13, 2014 6:57 am
Patrick Grattan, Chairman of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, announced Mon., May 12, the fate of the Pine Haven Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center will be considered by the board’s Committee on Health and Medical Services next week. According to a statement released by county Commissioner of Economic Development Kenneth Flood, the committee will consider two resolutions. The first will call for a continuation of plans to construct a new $32 million facility in Claverack. The second will address the possibility of accepting proposals from potential outside buyers for the home. The statement reflected a change in Grattan's previous position on the county's ownership of the 120-bed nursing home. He said it has become clear the county can no longer afford to own a public nursing facility. According to data released, the county subsidy of the home will cost more than $330,000 per month in 2014, or total nearly $4 million for the year. In addition to the projected increased expenses, Grattan said, it seems unlikely the county will receive full payment of the $4 million in loans made to the home in 2012 and 2013. If the full board ultimately chooses to sell the facility, Grattan said, the successful buyer will be required to commit to keeping a nursing home in Philmont. Read Grattan's full statement online at Columbia County NY [dot] com.
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