Delay decision on selling Citizens-Montevue

Source: Frederick News Post
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Date Published: 06/25/2013

If they’re wise, Frederick County commissioners will postpone a decision on selling Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living at tonight’s public hearing. We weren’t confident in the county’s due diligence as officials have rushed to unload the centers, even before a financial expert in nursing home care backed what the homes’ trustees have been saying all along — that Citizens and Montevue can become profitable if they collect per-patient revenue at rates comparable to those of other centers. And while we were advocating a delay in the $30 million sale to Aurora Health Management, we became even more skeptical after reading an article printed over the weekend in The Frederick News-Post. The story illustrated that Aurora had had mixed reports about care centers under its ownership.