Local nursing home officials are adding a sports memorabilia auction to their 4th annual Sportsmen’s Raffle fundraising event Oct. 26 in the hope of generating more interest and raising more money for the facility.
The Adirondack Tri-County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on State Route 28 is more than a nursing home — the only one within 40 miles. It also features adult day care and an outpatient physical therapy/rehabilitation center to make ends meet. Yet, in this fiscal climate, government reimbursements are dwindling, according to Administrator Hal Payne, and it’s getting more difficult to pay the bills.
“It’s getting worse every year,” Payne said. “The cuts to Medicaid and Medicare have been significant over the years, especially the last few years.”
To help make up for those deficits, Adirondack Tri-County launched its first Sportsmen’s Raffle four years ago, including raffles for hunting and fishing items and a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle. Generating about $10,000-$12,000 in revenue each year, it’s been a successful fundraiser.
“It’s extremely vital to the facility,” Payne said. “This event is run mostly by the employees, and employees know the hardships that we’re facing and work hard at this to give us some additional revenue for things for the residents.”
This year, they have the opportunity to throw in a silent auction with sports memorabilia:
•2013 Eli Manning poster
•Jimmer Fredette autographed picture
•Jimmer Fredette autographed T-shirt
•Jimmer Fredette autographed book
•New York Mets Encyclopedia autographed by Jon Matlack, 1972 National League Rookie of the Year
•Bruce Sutter autographed bobble head, 2006 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee
•Denny McClean autographed baseball from 1968 when he went 31-6 for the Detroit Tigers
•Goose Gossage autographed baseball, 2008 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee
•Lee Mazzilli autographed baseball, played and coached for several teams, including the New York Mets and New York Yankees
•Dave LaPoint autographed baseball, 1990 New York Yankees opening day pitcher
•Dave LaPoint autographed baseball, 1982 World Series Champs, St. Louis Cardinals
Plus, there are $8,000 worth of hunting and fishing items in the raffle, with 12 chances to win. And the center is raffling off a four-wheeler: 2013 Yamaha Grizzly 4x4 automatic, electric start ATV. Tickets are $20 each or three for $50.
The Sportsmen’s Raffle and sports memorabilia auction will be held 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Tannery Pond Community Center. Refreshments will be served.
The phone number to call for people who are interested in bidding for the sports memorabilia is 251-4712.
An auditor recently found that the Medicaid reimbursement rate per resident is $156 a day at the center, according to Payne. Yet the cost per resident is $242 a day, a shortfall of about $84 per resident.
The center makes up the difference a number of ways, including rent from the Hudson Headwaters Health Network for its North Creek Health Center, income from the adult day care and rehabilitation, donations, and fundraisers such as the Sportsmen’s Raffle.
“The Medicare rate is higher, so that helps offset the losses from Medicaid,” Payne said. “Our private rate is higher than the Medicaid rate, so that helps ... We have other things going on, but those things are also drying up and it’s becoming more and more difficult to survive.”
The word “county” placed in the name — Adirondack Tri-County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center — gives some people the impression that this is a county nursing home. It’s not.
“We’re not run by the government,” Payne said. “We get no tax subsidies from anyone. The name is misleading to a lot of people. Adirondack Tri-County — they think we’re getting money from the counties. We get nothing from the counties, nothing from the towns in the area. We survive on our own. We’re a 501-c-3 corporation, a not-for-profit.”
The Adirondack Tri-County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was established in 1974. It is the largest employer within 30 miles, employing 122 people, and provides care for 82 residents, plus day care and outpatient therapy.
“We provide a lot of medical solutions for people here in North Creek,” Payne said. “The next closest nursing home is probably 40 miles away ... If we weren’t here, people would be transporting or would be going to visit their loved ones 40 miles in some other direction.”
For more information about the center, visit online at www.adirondacknursing.com.