The Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown.
Centers For Specialty Care will take over the operations of the Horace Nye Nursing Home by the end of this year.
Essex County Manager Daniel Palmer said during the Oct. 21 Finance Committee meeting the Certificate of Need had been approved by the New York State Department of Health with an official approval forthcoming.
“We are waiting on the official letter that comes from the Department of Health,” Palmer told board members. “They will start the process of transitioning as soon as they get that letter. The intent of Specialty Care is to take over in December. We expect that they will fully be operating the facility by Jan. 1.”
Palmer said the new owners had been to the facility, and the two sides were still working on an environmental review of the septic systems. He added they would return next month to start the transitioning process.
Finance Chair and Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava, a strong opponent of the privatization of the home, said the county was not doing enough to let employees know what was happening.
“There apparently is no communication going on between the employees, Specialty Care and the county,” Scozzafava said. “We need to find a way to sit down with these employees and help them through this transition. We have some obligation here that we start some communication with these employees.”
“Don’t we have a department head?” North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi asked.
“From talking to Deborah (Gifford, HNNH Director), she does not have any of the information,” Scozzafava said.
“They are planning to come in and meet with the employees and talk about the transition, and I am thinking that will happen in November,” Palmer said. “They also have the CSEA that should meet with them and do the communication. I honestly do not want to meet with the employees and promise something that Specialty Care is or is not going to do.”
Palmer said there was a packet prepared to help the employees transition from a public to private workforce.
“You have employees that want to understand what is going on,” Scozzafava said. “It is not right that we, as a county, are not doing anything to help them through this transition. These are life-changing decisions that have to be made.”
“I cannot tell them what the Specialty Care’s transition plan is going to be,” Palmer said. “The time frame is Dec. 31. At this point, I do not know that.”
Palmer added that all union employees are to be offered a job at the facility, according to the deal reached between the county and Specialty Care.