There will be a sale of an adult home in northern Chautauqua County after all.
St. Vincent's Home in Dunkirk is set to be sold, according to a press release from Catholic Health, the current owner. The 40-bed Washington Avenue facility, along with St. Francis of Williamsville, a 142-bed skilled nursing/subacute care facility and 117-bed St. Elizabeth's Home of Lancaster, an adult home like St. Vincent's, will be sold to Comprehensive Healthcare Management Services LLC.
Catholic Health stated if has sustained multi-million dollar losses, including a projected $3 million in 2013, since taking over the three facilities in 1998.
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St. Vincent’s Home on Washington Avenue in the city of Dunkirk is part of a three-facility sale Catholic Health is making to Comprehensive Healthcare Management Services LLC. The sale will have to be approved by the New York State Department of Health.
"The current healthcare environment makes it difficult for us to continue making the needed investments that will be required to maintain these facilities," said Mark Sullivan, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Catholic Health. "In making this decision, our goal was to position each facility so it could remain open for our residents, their families and our staff."
According to its website, St. Vincent's provides adult care, including 24-hour supervision and assistance with medications and activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing or eating. Semi-private and private rooms are available. Daily room rates include laundry, housekeeping, meals, case management, medication supervision, activities and more.
"While at St. Vincent's, you can be assured that your loved one will receive the utmost in care and comfort. Our staff takes great pride in providing a homelike atmosphere for residents, ensuring that each is cared for with the utmost dignity and respect. ... Our staff is committed to providing compassionate care that meets the special needs of adult care and our high expectations of program delivery. The goal is to help each resident achieve and maintain the highest level of personal independence possible," the website states.
St. Vincent's was named in 2012 and 2013 as being among the top 10 percent in the country for resident satisfaction in a survey conducted by MyInnerView, which recognizes superior customer and workforce satisfaction in nursing homes across the country.
Comprehensive Healthcare operates several nursing and adult homes in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Oklahoma and Missouri. The new ownership team plans to offer positions to associates affected by the sale, according to the Catholic Health release.
"During their site visits, Comprehensive Healthcare's leadership team was very impressed with the facilities, our staff, and the care they provide," Sullivan added. "We believe this is good news for everyone involved and for the communities served by these facilities."
Catholic Health operates four other skilled nursing facilities - Father Baker Manor in Orchard Park, Mercy Nursing Facility in Lackawanna, St. Catherine Laboure Health Care Center in Buffalo and McAuley Residence in Tonawanda - which are not affected by the sale.
"We are committed to providing long term care services in our community and will continue to make improvements in our remaining facilities to enhance care, comfort and safety," Sullivan added. "With the changing needs of area seniors, we are also working to expand our home care, PACE and other programs to provide area families with even more options for their loved ones' continuing care needs."
The sale, which was approved by Catholic Health's Board of Directors, is subject to approval by New York State. The sale process may take up to a year to complete, during which time Catholic Health will work closely with the homes' associates, residents and family members to maintain continuity of care, ensure a smooth transition and welcome the new owners to Western New York," according to the release. "Catholic Health will also host ceremonies to mark a new chapter in the history of these facilities and to recognize their contributions to the health and residential needs of seniors in their communities."
JoAnn Cavanaugh is Director of Public Relations for Catholic Health. She was asked if there would be any changes in the operation of the facility.
"We don't anticipate major changes. It's hard to say what the new owners are going to do once they come in," she replied. "Their names may change but we don't know that specific detail yet."
According to assessment records, St. Vincent's is wholly exempt from paying property taxes. It has a taxable value of $868,000 and a full market value of $1,058,500.
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