What's Next For Countryside Care Center?

By Kelly McCarthy

October 5, 2012 Updated Oct 5, 2012 at 6:17 PM EDT

Delhi, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A Delaware County nursing home will close its doors under the current owner, leaving residents questioning whether they still have a place to live.

It's the latest struggle for New York State nursing homes, balancing making money while still meeting federal and state regulations.

Action News shares the possibilities being considered by the Countryside Care Center.

Residents and employees at the Countryside Care Center were told they have until October 12 before the facility closes its doors.

Employees that are still there say there's only about 30 residents who haven't moved out yet.

And out of the 200 employees there's less than 75 working there now.

The rest have lost their jobs.

The current administration denied to comment but a spokesperson for representative Chris Gibson, who is working to keep federal aid within the nursing home, tells Action News the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services suspended reimbursements to the nursing home because of the many violations against patient care.

"I think we need everything that that nursing home represents, not just the jobs but the level of care, etc. I think the county needs those beds. I think we'll be at a loss without them if we're not able to pull this out, sustain it in a more positive way," said William Moon, Delaware County Commissioner of Social Services.

The County's commissioner of Social Services sold the nursing home facility to Leatherstocking Healthcare in 2006 with the expectation that they would be able to keep it running for the county residents.

"There's a variety of performance issues that the new owners would already have to attest to and assure to and have a plan ready to put in place, so those are some of the things that make this tenuous...If that was to happen the county has been prepared to work with a new owner to re-fill and to begin to bring back the patients that were transferred," said Moon.

Representative Gibson and Senator Gilliabrand are both working to find a potential new owner for the facility before the closure is complete.

The Administrator of the Valley View Manor in Norwich, Steve Reynolds, says the principals that own Valley View and other nursing home facilities in Upstate New York have signed a memorandum of agreement with Leatherstocking Healthcare.

"I think that the county's last hope would be that an owner of substantial experience and quality would appear and that we could rebuild the homes reputation and to rebuild patient numbers and see it flourish in the manor that it historically did," said Moon.

As of Friday, nothing has been finalized.