Ontario County receives bids for nursing home
Posted at: 04/24/2013 2:34 AM
| Updated at: 04/24/2013 6:25 AM
By: Messenger Post Newspapers | WHEC.com
Ontario County has received two bids for its 98-bed nursing home in Hopewell.
After the county hired brokerage firm Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services in December to market the sale of the Ontario County Health Facility, it went on the market in March. Last Friday was the deadline for bids to be submitted.
County Administrator John Garvey said the county received a bid of $2 million from the Centers for Specialty Care Group LLC and a bid of $2.7 million from Bleier, Peckman and Bain.
He said the bids are now being evaluated to determine if they meet the requirements specified by the county.
"This is a starting point," Garvey said.
The county is requiring that potential buyers operate the facility as a skilled nursing facility for 10 years after purchase. Potential buyers would also be required to follow the same federal and state standards for care that the county follows, give preference in admission to Ontario County residents and retain current union employees following interviews, background checks and any other such testing.
If the county accepts a bid, Garvey said, the buyer would then apply for a license from the state, a process that could take between nine and 18 months.
The Board of Supervisors passed a resolution at its meeting last Thursday to declare the facility, as well as the approximately seven acres of land it is situated on, as surplus. The resolution states that the board must determine that the property is no longer necessary for public use prior to any possible transfer to the private sector.