County decides to sell nursing home, assisted living centers

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Source: Frederick News Post
Author: Bethany Rodgers
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Date Published: 06/26/2013

County commissioners voted Tuesday night to sell the government-owned nursing home along with the assisted living center that has served needy local residents for about 140 years. The decision to sell Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living was supported by four commissioners and opposed by Commissioner David Gray. The same four commissioners also voted to abolish the Citizens board of trustees. The decision followed about five hours of public comment from local residents, elder care experts and those who live at Citizens and Montevue. “I ask you not to sell my home, but to give my home a chance to prove itself. To believe in the folks that run Montevue and give them a chance to prove it is a diamond in the rough,” said Lawrence Watson, 95, who was accompanied to the microphone by his two daughters and granddaughter. The vast majority of hearing participants objected to selling the facilities, a fact highlighted by speaker Kermit Liebensperger, who asked privatization supporters to rise. “Don’t be bashful. There must be someone,” he said after several moments of silence.