Editor's Note: Fort Hudson's efforts to operate Pleasant Valley infirmary were clarified.
Fort Hudson Health System is among the four companies that have submitted offers to buy or privatize Warren-County owned Westmount Health Facility, but the owners of another local home who had expressed interest in buying the county nursing home have decided not to pursue a sale.
Adirondack Tri-County Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Johnsburg was the first company to express interest in purchasing Westmount Health Facility last fall when Warren County supervisors began seeking suitors to take over the 80-bed home in Queensbury.
Adirondack Tri-County Administrator Hal Payne said the home’s directors decided to back off from the potential Westmount purchase in light of cuts to Medicaid reimbursement for nursing homes.
In addition to Fort Hudson Health System, which operates a nursing home in Fort Edward, the company that recently agreed to purchased county-owned nursing homes in Washington and Essex counties has also submitted a proposal for Westmount.
Centers for Specialty Care Group of New York City is purchasing Pleasant Valley Infirmary in Argyle for $2.4 million and Horace Nye Nursing Home in Elizabethtown for $4 million. Both Washington and Essex counties have agreed to sell, but the purchases themselves can take up to a year to complete.
Also sending proposals to Warren County for Westmount were Affinity Skilled Living Rehabilitation Center of New York City and LTC Midwest WC LLC of Buffalo, an entity made up of “nursing home professionals” that would form specifically to purchase and operate Westmount, Warren County Administrator Paul Dusek said.
Fort Hudson Chief Executive Officer Andrew Cruikshank said his company is seeking to purchase Westmount because it already provides skilled nursing and home care to residents of the region.
“We’ve been providing services for four decades in this area,” Cruikshank said. “We understand the region and that it is unique.”
Fort Hudson had also offered to operation Washington County’s Pleasant Valley Infirmary last year if the county could not find a buyer, but county supervisors ultimately found a buyer in Centers for Specialty Care Group.
Numbers for the potential Westmount sale were not released as county officials begin the review process. Dusek said a county management team will review the proposals and then bring them before the county Board of Supervisors.
There is no timetable, but Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty — chairman of the county Board of Supervisors — indicated in his state-of-the-county address last month that he’d like to see a decision made on Westmount this year.
“We’ll be moving on this rather quickly because it is obviously an important issue,” Dusek said.
Warren County is seeking a buyer who would potentially expand the home and keep its staff.