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The Telegram
  • Herkimer County renews request for beds at Country Manor

  • Herkimer County will once again be asking for assisted-living beds for Country Manor.

    During a joint meeting of the Herkimer County Legislature’s Ways & Means and Human Resources committees, legislators from both committees unanimously agreed to resubmit an application for 80 assisted-living beds at the facility, located on state Route 28 in Herkimer.

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  • Herkimer County will once again be asking for assisted-living beds for Country Manor.
    During a joint meeting of the Herkimer County Legislature’s Ways & Means and Human Resources committees on Friday, legislators from both committees unanimously agreed to resubmit an application for 80 assisted-living beds at the facility, located on state Route 28 in Herkimer.
    The request does not need to be approved by the full legislature, county Administrator James Wallace said.
    Officials first submitted an application to the state Department of Health for a certificate of need for 80 assisted-living beds on behalf of Advanced Healthcare Management in 2012, but the request was denied early this year.
    Tim Seymour, commissioner for the county’s Department of Social Services, said the state Department of Health advised the county to resubmit and add some clarification.
    “It corrects what was submitted in the previous (application),” he said. “It could have been interpreted that we requested 160 beds.”
    Wallace said there is another opportunity, after the state’s budget is passed, for beds to be awarded.
    Health department officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
    Advanced Healthcare is in the process of completing the necessary paperwork to purchase Country Manor.
    For years, the county has attempted to sell or downsize the manor due to what officials say are increased operating costs and dwindling state reimbursements.
    If the sale goes through, the business would purchase the facility for $335,000; but the purchase price decreases each year Country Manor remains open. If it remains open for five years or more, the company would owe the county nothing. The county also has to pay Advanced Healthcare a transition fee of $18,000 per month during the first year of purchase.
    The Civil Service Employees Association Unit 7100 filed a complaint against the county in mid-January over the sale, and a court date is scheduled for April 11.

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