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Holly Place homes receive more money

March 26, 2005|by KAREN HANNA

karenh@herald-mail.com

Administrator Melanie Davis said she is overwhelmed by the support the struggling Holly Place and North Holly Place senior citizens group homes have received.

"We're doing pretty good as far as raising money to stay open through our fiscal year, which is June," Davis said Friday.

A Washington County Health System partner on Wednesday became one of the most recent organizations to step forward to help save the assisted living homes, which announced last month they would be closing March 18.

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Schaller Anderson Inc., a health-care management company that operates Maryland Physicians Care, donated $10,000 to the homes Wednesday.

James Hamill, president and chief executive officer of Washington County Health System, said he is impressed with the quality of care provided by the homes, which are fighting to stay afloat financially.

"I was very impressed," Hamill said of the homes in the 200 block of South Potomac Street. "They run it very responsibly. The place is well taken care of, and the (residents) are very well cared for."

The hospital owns a share of Maryland Physicians Care, a managed-care organization that serves patients around the state.

Davis said she was "ecstatic" when she learned of the donation.

Davis said Holly Place and North Holly Place have received hundreds of donations since Senior Living Alternatives Inc. announced it would have to close the facilities because it is running out of money.

Davis said long-term options to keep the facilities open still are being explored. Twenty-seven residents live at Holly Place at 240 S. Potomac St. and North Holly Place at 268 S. Potomac St., Davis said.

"Some could go to nursing homes, if they had to, but we have some with very low incomes that we do not know where they'd go," Davis said.

Future options include state grants and the admission of private-pay residents, Davis said.

Douglas Wright Jr., president of the board of Senior Living Alternatives, which runs the centers, said in a prepared release that it can cost about $2,200 per month for each resident to live at Holly Place.

"Like I said, the public's really come through," Davis said. "It's really amazing, the outflow of support, it's really been wonderful. And the residents are so appreciative that they still have homes."

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