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Uihlein Living Center nursing home in Lake Placid.  Photos: Mark Kurtz
Uihlein Living Center nursing home in Lake Placid. Photos: Mark Kurtz

Adirondack Health will sell Lake Placid nursing home

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Adirondack Health plans to sell its nursing home in Lake Placid to a New York City-based healthcare services company. The organization's president and CEO, Chandler Ralph, announced the news in guest commentaries published Tuesday in local newspapers.

She said Adirondack Health will partner with Post Acute Partners, which operates nursing homes, assisted living, independent living and other healthcare facilities in New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. This is one in a long list of big changes for the largest private employer in the Adirondack Park.

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Chris Knight
Adirondack Correspondent

Adirondack Health spokesman Joe Riccio said Post Acute Partners would take ownership of the Lake Placid nursing home, provided the agreement is approved by the state Department of Health. "They will have the facility," he said. "We will retain the actual property." Riccio wouldn't reveal how much the deal may be worth.

Uihlein Living Center is one of two nursing homes Adirondack Health acquired in January, 2007 from the Sisters of Mercy. The other, Mercy Living Center in Tupper Lake, is not involved in this deal. Since 2007, however, the two nursing homes have lost more than $11 million, primarily due to lagging Medicaid reimbursement rates. Starting two years ago, the organization began reducing the number of beds at the Lake Placid nursing home from 120 down to 80.

Riccio said Adirondack Health has been working with Post Acute Partners for two years. He said the company was attracted by the opportunity to collaborate on a long-term plan for the Lake Placid campus.

"Not just as they get into the long-term care aspect, but as we look at adding new services to that campus, services that are currently lacking in the community: assisted living, independent living, adult day care, any sort of supportive services that are missing between hospital and nursing home," Riccio said.

Marc Walker, Adirondack Health's chief senior services officer, said Post Acute Partners will meet with his staff of 115 employees. Asked if the company will keep all those employees, Walker said he doesn't think they want to "come into a community and make waves."

"Their goal is to meet with each and every employee over the course of the next two months, and open up a conversation about what it is they're looking at and what ultimately may happen. So far, I can honestly tell you that they've been well received."

Walker said the agreement is currently in a "due diligence" period. Once that's complete, a notice of the transfer of ownership would be filed with the Department of Health, likely by Sept. 1.

This is just the latest in a series of right-sizing and restructuring moves Adirondack Health has made over the last three years in response to what hospital officials have called a shifting health care landscape. Its most high profile and controversial change took effect last week, when the emergency room at its Lake Placid hospital transitioned from 24 to 15 hours a day.

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