Talks continue for Centre Crest transition|
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
By Terry Whetstone Staff Writer
BELLEFONTE - Once again the Centre County Commissioners discussed Centre Crest Nursing Home and making it a 501 (c) (3) at yesterday's weekly meeting at the Willowbank Building.
County administrator Timothy Boyde was instructed a few weeks ago to find some firms who could steer them in the right decision. Boyde said he found a couple of different companies, but one had little or no experience and one backed out, leaving just Complete HealthCare Resources Eastern Inc. to help out.
Representatives were on hand at the meeting to discuss the possibility of the transition becoming a reality.
Boyde had representatives from CHR on hand, including Cathleen A. Otto, chief operating officer, who said they have successfully helped 13 county run nursing homes become 501(c) (3), non-profit entities. They will accompany the county as they make trips to five locations throughout the county to hear public input on the future of the home. They'll answer questions and guide the county in the right direction.
Ed Balliet, with CHR, said the residents will be able to remain at the home as long as it is medically necessary.
The commissioners asked how the 13 facilities were doing that CHR has helped.
"All 13 are doing well and succeeding," Otto said. "They are all financially stable and some have even expanded."
Commissioner chairman Steve Dershem asked, "They are still community facilities, just not government run."
Otto said that was correct.
There are 33 county-run nursing homes in Pennsylvania and more than 600 non-profit nursing homes.
The commissioners asked several more questions and Otto said, "You have the same concerns many other counties have had, we look forward to helping you through this transition."
Commissioner Michael Pipe agreed to second the motion, but during the discussion he requested the wording be changed as to how the agreement would be read.
Pipe wants it to say it is an agreement between the county and Complete HealthCare Resources Eastern Inc. to provide assistance with the possible transition of the Centre Crest Nursing Home to a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit status. The contract total is $5,000 per month not to exceed nine months. Initially "Possible" was not a part of the contract. Once it was added, he accepted the agreement.
It was noted that if at any time during the process the county got a better offer or decided to opt out of the contract, that would not be a problem.
While the contract is through the end of the year, Commissioner Chris Exarchos said he'd like to see the facility become a 501(c)(3) by the August or September.
"We're willing to help you get where you need to go and answer your questions," Otto said. "Communication is essential, you can't sit in an office somewhere and wait for it to get done, you have to tell us your concerns and I can that that's not going to be a problem."
Otto said the group is very aware of what is going on with Centre Crest and all the more the county is getting in reimbursements.
"It's not a unique situation," she said. "Other counties have had similar problems."
The board also heard from Stewards of Children, a group that is training adults on how to spot child sex abuse and what to do to report it.
More than 1,500 adults have been educated and the goal is more than 5,000.
The training takes about two hours and it is free. Contact the State College YMCA at 237-7717 and talk to Cameron to set up an appointment. The group can also travel to you and or your business to conduct the training.
Exarchos said 50 years ago you did not hear about stuff like this happening.
It was noted that 50 years ago it was a secret, but it was still happening, today people are finally coming forward.
In other business, the commissioners:
• approved a contract with RBA Professional Data Systems to provide professions services for the jury management application software at a cost of $15,000.
• accepted a contract with Sean McGraw, esquire, to serve as court appointed council at a cost of $18,750 through Dec. 31, 2013.
• tabled a contract with ACE USE to provide liability insurance for the county for $16,802 through March 2014 until additional information could be obtained.
• approved a contract with Elk, Clearfield, Huntingdon and Lycoming Counties at $65 a day to house inmates at the Centre County Prison through Dec. 31, 2013.
• accepted a contract with The Last One, a third party locate search tool to find absent parents. The contract is $840 through April 2014.