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Analysis: Comparing County Home rating to new buyers’

August 11, 2013

By LIZ SKOCZYLAS OBSERVER Mayville Bureau The Chautauqua County Home has the same overall star rating as three Erie County homes owned by the Home’s potential purchase....

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PhilJulian

Aug-12-13 9:56 AM

JUDEYE - it's something I learned in economics class many years ago. GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE THE EMPLOYER OF LAST RESORT. In the absense of competition there is little or nothing to control costs or promote quality (just consider the Post Office). I agree that in an advanced society government should provide a safety net for disadvantaged people but if the private sector can do it better and cheaper that is the way to go. I would use that same rule for any sevice that is provided by government.

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judeye

Aug-12-13 8:48 AM

commentor..what business do you think government should be in if not to care for the well being of its residents?

what is more important use of our tax dollars if not to care for our most vulnerable citizens?

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judeye

Aug-12-13 8:45 AM

PhilJulian...I do not work at the County Home. In fact NONE of my personal friends or family works there. Yet I care deeply about keeping in county owned and operated.

First, I do not believe how much money they say it is costing us. I have reviewed the budgets and saw surpluses over the years. Some more than others..and yes in some years deficits. Much like every other service that the county provides.

I read the CGR report very carefully. They clearly state we are being misled about the deficit, that the Home has a small surplus in fact.

People keep saying without the IGT funds it would cost us so much more. Ok..take away all the federal funding for all other programs...starting with our schools, roads, etc...then please tell me which department or service does not need that money to break even.

I also ran another report on sale of county homes in general by the CGR. That report states that about 25% of the current residents will have NO where to go.

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judeye

Aug-12-13 8:29 AM

225522..we would save over 2 million dollars? How??

How much would our taxes go down?

Why did they throw away 500,000 and no one seems to give a darn?

You seem to not have read any report except the party lies..I mean line.

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notalways

Aug-12-13 8:15 AM

The owner does not get involved in day to day, but he makes decisions that effect day to day. Just like the CEO he is responsible for all that happens. Glad I am not the only one who wonders how a man who sells x-ray equipment to nursing homes has enought money to buy 4 nursing homes. Remember he doesn't have to keep it and can have all kinds of financial backers without the ability to trace who they are.

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rumblefish

Aug-11-13 5:38 PM

Joe W: your point is clear, crystal clear, CEO's don't work on the assembly line do they Captain....

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joew

Aug-11-13 1:53 PM

Obviously Captain you totally missed the point,need i explain it to you?

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rumblefish

Aug-11-13 12:19 PM

same old story emotion versus sound business, if the home was being run at a far superior method then maybe there is an argument to continue to be run by the county but it's not, we say again if taxpayers use good business sense and not emotion the sale would be a slam dunk

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commentor

Aug-11-13 11:30 AM

Yes Phil that is the issue. Don't hold your breath for anyone now in power to look at it that way. They have IQ's to match their shoe size. Buffalo is accessible to all of us. Go take a look, talk to the residents. See first hand how good or bad it is. Legislator's need to do this and stop worrying if how they vote will NOT get them elected. Govt should NOT be in the Home or airport business.

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PhilJulian

Aug-11-13 10:42 AM

Why not reduce this argument to what it really is. We have a large group of nursing home employees who don't want to lose the security and benefits of government subsidies and they are on one side of the issue. On the other side of the issue are fed-up taxpayers who are saying why should we subsidize an inefficient operation that we can't afford? I don't blame the employees for wanting security and I don't blame taxpayers fo saying we can't afford this anymore. Let's stop trying to discredit potential buyers and get down to the real issue. Does government belong in the nursing home business?

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225522

Aug-11-13 10:14 AM

The care of the residents would be the same and you taxpaying citizens would save over 2 million. Not that that would appear anywhere as a tax reduction.

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Captain

Aug-11-13 10:02 AM

joew: looks like you're a pretty good spin doctor yourself ;)

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Captain

Aug-11-13 9:59 AM

Platschek appears to be an aggressive investor, buying up 3 health care facilities in about a year's time, and now wants to add a fourth. If he was an experienced owner/operator with an impeccable record, it would be hard to argue against the sale (other than the obscenely low sale price). However, the fact is he is essentially new to this industry, and must be viewed as an investor only, driven by profits. Many posters here obviously don't care about this, but the CCLeg should weigh this issue diligently, out of concern for the patients AND employees. Again, many posters couldn't care less about either one.

Another "red flag" is the paragraph that states: "...10836 Temple Realty LLC is similar (actually identical) to the address of the CCH, which is also located at 10836 Temple Road. A truthful explanation of this needs to be given.

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joew

Aug-11-13 9:33 AM

Have to love how you people spin stuff,it's hilarious. He owns the homes,he is not a doctor,not a PA,not a nurse,he owns the homes. Your beloved President "owns" the military so when was the last time you saw him piloting a F22? When was the last time you saw the CEO of government motors assemble a diesel engine.

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commentor

Aug-11-13 9:27 AM

Amazing.....all of you dummies commenting here praised the County Home with a one star rating and made every excuse in the world why the rating was faulty. Now you tear down Homes with higher ratings. Have you been to these Homes? Stop showing your stupidity.

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judeye

Aug-11-13 8:08 AM

Platschek is also owner of Sheridan Manor LLC in Tonawanda; Ridge View Manor LLC in Buffalo; and Williamsville Suburban LLC in Williamsville. According to Greg Edwards, Platschek has owned the homes for roughly a year.

Yes, Liberator..that is exactly what jumped out to me. He has owned these for less than a year..and now has the cash to purchase our County Home? If he is truly interested in providing the best care for the residents don't you think he has his hands full with new ownership of all these other nursing facilities?

Snow Job...

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liberator

Aug-11-13 7:41 AM

He's been in the nursing home business for a year? Did I read that correctly?

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Dcronlg

Aug-11-13 7:41 AM

So, in sum, we have a three-time below average home operator who wants to buy our below average home.

One would think that if an operator had three chances to improve his operations -- and deliberately chose not to do so -- then to consider selling a home, created to assist our most vulnerable citizens during the end of their years, would be definitely unconscionable and morally inappropriate.

And yet, the "stop government spending" or "save tax dollars at all costs" crowd would find nothing wrong about any of this.

Repugnant.

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