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October 2, 2012

Countryside on track for closure

DELHI — Marjorie Wormuth, 92, likely will be moving soon but not by choice.

She was among residents at Countryside Care Center in Delhi facing an uncertain future Monday as the nursing home moves toward closure.

Countryside Care is proceeding with its closure plan and aims to have no residents as of Oct. 12, according to Mark Scalise, administrator of the facility. The center will continue to provide good care for residents pending their departure, Scalise said, but he referred other questions to corporate officials, saying he wasn’t authorized to comment further.

Leatherstocking Healthcare LLC, which bought the nursing home from Delaware County in 2006, had until Sept. 13 to meet a requirement of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to develop a plan to address 66 deficiencies. Instead, the owners filed a closure plan with the state Department of Health.

A telephone recording at a number for Leatherstocking Healthcare wasn’t taking messages Monday afternoon or night. The business hasn’t responded to repeated requests for comments.

The recent atmosphere at the facility has been one of sadness and confusion, created by a lack of information about the futures of the facility, its residents and employees, sources at the center on state Route 10 said.

“There are a lot of emotions going on in there right now,’’ said a member of the nursing staff who spoke on condition of anonymity. Most residents felt secure at Countryside Care, she said.

“We just reassure them that they’ll be safe and happy where they’re going,’’ she said.

She and another employee, who also requested anonymity, said they haven’t been notified about their employment status, and another said her last day was Monday. Two county officials said Monday they had no confirmation that Countryside Care would be closing — and still held hopes a buyer was considering the facility — but considered the closing date to be Oct. 13.

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