Lori Harter, a CNA at Horace Nye Nursing home, protests the privatization of Horace Nye nursing home alongside fellow nurses and community members Feb. 27 in Elizabethtown.
Horace Nye supporters have organized a special day to show their support for the county-owned facility Saturday, June 2, at the Memorial Park on Main Street here.
Task Force to Save Horace Nye member Celeste Beeman said the event has been organized for county resident’s to hold their own public hearing outside the walls of the County Building.
The event will begin at 10 a.m. and will include several guest speakers such as Moriah Town Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava, Chesterfield Supervisor Gerry Morrow, possibly Essex Town Supervisor Sharon Boisen, and more.
Beeman said there will be an opportunity for any resident who wishes to speak to share their thoughts on the potential sale.
“This will be more of a gathering for those who want to support the home and for those who don’t want to see the nursing home privatized,” Beeman said.
A balloon release will follow the speakers and three artists will perform including local musician Stan Oliva, who will perform his tribute song to HNNH, “The Crawl.”
Scozzafava said he is in favor of having the future of the Horace Nye Home being decided through a referendum vote rather than by the board of supervisors.
“This will affect the county residents and they should have a vote,” Scozzafava said.
The event will be a way resident’s can show how they feel about the future of the home, he said.
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with residents of the home, family and friends of residents as well as the staff at there.
Beeman said the tone around the home has been anxious among the staff, resulting in more staff members leaving to find other, more secure positions in case the home is sold. The remaining staff have done their best to address the questions of residents to tell them their care will continue as it always has.
“We have been doing our best to reassure the resident’s that their level of care will stay the same no matter what happens,” Beeman said.
The situation has been very depressing at the home as the fate of Horace Nye is debated by the county, Beeman said.
Beeman added she hopes for a large turnout and good weather on June 2. She said the event could be the last opportunity for area residents to show their support for Horace Nye before the board reaches a decision on the home.
The Horace Nye Nursing Home sub-committee members will present to the Horace Nye Task Force May 29 their findings at the nursing homes owned by prospective buyers. The committee is expected to give their recommendation to the board of supervisors following their presentation.
Scozzafava said he hopes others come and voice their opinion before the home is lost for county residents.
“If it goes private, people will find out in a hurry what a tremendous asset it was to our community,” Scozzafava said.