BATAVIA – The Genesee County Legislature voted Wednesday to pursue another study of options facing the future of the county nursing home and its multimillion-dollar losses in recent years.
The 240-bed facility, which includes skilled nursing and domiciliary care, will have choices outlined by consultants Bond, Schoeneck and King, of Albany, at a fee to be determined but not to exceed $250 per hour.
Previous studies have suggested cost-saving measures to lease or sale of the home and its assisted living center. The Legislature has made it clear on several occasions that the county will not give up its nearly two centuries of care.
The present facility opened in 1974 and a 80-bed domiciliary unit was added three years later.
Most patients are on Medicaid, whose reimbursement falls short of the daily cost of care. This year’s loss could exceed $4 million. The firm is instructed, as outlined in the resolution, to “include marketing, sale, lease or other dispositions including alternative operating options.”
In other resolutions, the legislators:
• Approved Genesee Community College’s operating budget for the next academic year. The budget is $20 million and for the first time, the sponsoring county’s share tops $2 million, an increase of $100,000.
• Accepted a grant of $5.4 million from the Department of Homeland Security to pay for updating the sheriff’s 800 MHz radio dispatching system.
• Appropriated $3,452 to the Chamber of Commerce for its Business Education Alliance program that provides services for businesses and schools.