Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan offered this statement today regarding the sale of the Chautauqua County Home, which was approved Wednesday night by the Legislature:
"Last night, the Chautauqua County Legislature voted to privatize the Chautauqua County Home. This was not an easy decision for anyone and involved years of public debate, extensive research by the Center for Governmental Research, and a thorough analysis of all the facts by Chautauqua County elected officials. The process was rigorous, deliberative, and transparent. Now that a decision has been reached, I would like to assure each and every one of you that I will continue to diligently focus on the health and welfare of County Home residents and employees.
"The privatization of our nursing home is a process that will take place over 6 months to a year. In conjunction with the New York State Department of Health, we will follow all applicable rules and regulations to uphold the health and safety of residents during this process. I also expect and promise to ensure that VestraCare, the new owners, will abide by all of the conditions of their agreement.
"It is imperative that we continue to support the administration and staff of the County Home during this time of transition. I will continue to hold regular meetings at the skilled nursing facility and be a constant presence to lead and support our co-workers and the residents. In the next couple of weeks the new ownership team will be visiting the facility to meet the staff and begin the transition process. I encourage all of us on both sides of this issue to now look to the future and work together for the benefit of all concerned."