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Report: Glendale Home lost $14.5M in 2011

County officials dispute accuracy of numbers

The Glendale Home
The Glendale Home
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The county-owned Glendale Nursing Home operated at a loss of roughly $14.5 million in fiscal 2011, according to the results of an audit included in a municipal bond offering this month. The amount lost was about $600,000 more than the nursing home was listed as losing for fiscal 2010 and was the largest loss recorded over a five-year period starting in 2007. Expenses for the Glenville facility appeared to have dropped by about $2.2 million ...

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hodgkins.t
December 25, 2012
11:04 p.m.

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SELL IT !!! or lease it, just remove it from public operation. The quality of care will not decrease, and the taxpayers will not be subsidizing an inefficient taj elder hall at a time when they can not afford it.

cfield
December 26, 2012
6:55 a.m.

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hodkins.t- but if we do as you suggest... think of all those high paying county jobs that will be lost with those lucrative pensions and benefit packages they receive. Think of that 14mil as our own little stimulus package for those select people.

muggy
December 26, 2012
8:44 a.m.

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Thank God for the lone voice of sanity on the county legislature: Jim Buhrmaster.

County owned nursing homes are known boondoggles for the politically well-connected.
1- It's a sop to the unions.
2- Patronage abounds at county run nursing homes.
3- many of the residents/infirmed are politically connected to politicians, administrators, and other county employees.
4- county nursing homes have historically had customers who WON'T PAY their bills!

Privatize it. Stop the bleeding now.

Toid
December 26, 2012
10:45 a.m.

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$14.5M loss for 200 patients - is costing taxpayers $72K per patient per year. If on average a patient spends 5 years in the facility - that is about $350K spent per patient on the tax payer's dime. Seems to me the private sector (as always) could operate much more efficiently, and if an "investment" is truly needed by the County, some sort of voucher system paid to private entities would be a much more efficient use of County resources. It would save taxpayers money and give patients a choice.

sunflower
December 26, 2012
12:08 p.m.

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According to recent Gazette articles the budget of the County Library system was severely cut for 2013.

Where is the county's commitment to all the people helped and served by the library? These include all county residents from babies through senior citizens.

safny
December 26, 2012
12:22 p.m.

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"County officials downplayed the report..." of course they did. There is no way that this can continue. Let the county officials sit down with various bidders who would take over the home and come up with a plan that includes the current employees and ways to insure that county residents can be taken in there. There are a number of other nursing homes in the county that will continue to take people who live here as patients. The economy is probably going to get better, but if taxes here continue to rise year after year people who can sell and get out will do so. Keeping the nursing home as county run is just speeding up the process of further flight and higher taxes.

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