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Franklin County (Pa.) announces finalists to buy nursing home

All four finalists operate skilled nursing facilities in Pennsylvania, according to a news release

August 15, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners on Thursday announced their finalists from 10 proposals submitted by private skilled nursing providers looking to buy the county-owned Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Four firms made the short list, including Complete HealthCare Resources Inc., of Dresher, Pa.; Mid-Atlantic Health Care Acquisitions LLC, of Timonium, Md.; Nationwide Health Services LLC, of Brick, N.J.; and Transitions Healthcare LLC, of Sykesville, Md. 

All four finalists operate skilled nursing facilities in Pennsylvania, according to a news release.

The commissioners plan to conduct telephone interviews in the next week, Commissioners’ Chairman David Keller said.

The board will focus on two or three providers, and visit those agencies’ existing facilities to evaluate them, Keller said during a commissioners’ meeting.

The proposals from potential buyers were due Monday, according to John Hewlett, a consultant with Harrisburg, Pa.-based Susquehanna Group.

The commissioners reviewed the 10 proposals in executive session Thursday.

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Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Franklin Farm Lane employs 223 people.

The commissioners have said they are looking for a company or agency with a business plan that reflects a commitment to caring for people, particularly those who are Medicaid eligible.

They previously said they are not obligated to sell the 186-bed facility to the highest bidder, and can visit the buyers’ existing sites and evaluate their backgrounds. They said they can reject all offers.

A final decision whether to sell the nursing home is anticipated by the end of September.

Susquehanna Group has told the board it can expect to receive $6.5 million to $9.3 million, based on market values of similar skilled nursing centers.

As a reason for selling the nursing home, the commissioners said the county government is not competing with the private sector in any other capacity.

The county first opened as an almshouse for the elderly in 1808.

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