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Committee fails to vote on Pine Haven's future

May 21, 2014 7:33 am
Joe Gentile reported in the Register Star the Columbia County Board of Supervisors Health and Medical Services Committee abstained from taking action on the future of Pine Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at its monthly meeting, Tues., May 20. As the meeting took place, more than 30 protesters demonstrated outside 401 State St., in Hudson, against the possible sale of the county-owned facility. Pine Haven Director Art Proper reported the Pine Haven census has decreased over the past year. The 120-bed facility is currently home to 104 residents. Proper blamed the media attention around Pine Haven's future for the decrease in admissions. Board of Supervisors Chairman Pat Grattan announced an informational meeting will be held May 28. Donald Pryor, author of the report “The Future of County Nursing Homes in New York State” and the Mike McCarthy, the Pine Haven auditor and financial advisor, will speak. Grattan also said he anticipates the Health and Medical Services Committee will next meet to consider the question of privatization on May 29. Read the full story in the Register Star.