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August 29, 2012

Otsego rep: Manor won't be like Delhi home


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Mark Scalise, the administrator of Countryside Care, said: “We have staff working very hard to resolve the issues and I have no doubt our staff will be able to get it done” in time to meet the Sept. 13 deadline for correcting deficiencies.

Over the past three years, Countryside Care has generally fared poorly in state inspections compared to other nursing homes n New York, according to the Health Department website. The statewide average for the number of Health Department citations issued per 100 beds is 1.9. At Countryside, however, state citations were issued at the rate of 30.6 per 100 beds.

Delaware County Social Services Commission William Moon told The Daily Star said his county’s decision in 2005 to sell the nursing home was “essential.” However, he added: “The county did have a choice of who it sold to. And I think that would change.”

In Otsego County, Rep. Donald Lindberg, R-Worcester, said he hopes that the debate over the Manor doesn’t get complicated by the problems that have enveloped Countryside Care.

“The problem over there (in Delhi) isn’t that they went private; it’s that the owner apparently isn’t paying attention,” he said. 

Lindberg said he expects a private operator will run the Manor far more efficiently than it is being administered now.

“If somebody buys it, then they are going to run it the way they see fit,” Lindberg said.

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