BATAVIA – The Genesee County Legislature Wednesday took the first step toward increasing revenue for the fiscally ailing county nursing home that lost $4.7 million last year.
A resolution was approved to award a $6,242 contract to architects LaDella Associates of Rochester, to put together plans to expand adult day-care services to 30 patients, from 13, at the Genesee County Nursing Home. The project, officials said, would increase Medicaid reimbursement rates and improve the 160-bed facility’s fiscal picture.
Studies are underway on the future of the facility, which could be sold or leased to a private provider. Legislators have repeatedly assured the staff, patients and families that the home will remain open whatever its future.
The adult facility replaces a child-care service the nursing home provided for several years.
About one-third of the agenda was devoted to renewing contracts for nursing home services. Included was a fourth-year extension of a management contract, required by law, with Insource Healthcare Solutions of Buffalo. The cost is $13,333 per month.
Also extended for one year was a contract with Servomation Refreshments of Canastota for food and beverages sales in the employee cafeteria.
The nursing home, a county facility since the early 19th century, has consistently lost money in the past decade, forcing the county to borrow funds to offset a low cash flow.
In other business, the legislators:
• Supported the Genesee County Economic Development Center’s request for a $7.5 million bond issue to help finance an expansion that will nearly double the size of Liberty Pumps at the Center’s Apple Tree Acres Business Park in Bergen.
• Agreed to provide $3,452 in funds for the Chamber of Commerce’s Business Education Alliance, which pairs businesses with schools.
• Renewed for one year a lease with Friends of Batavia Peace Garden Foundation for office space in a county building. The flag-filled peace garden is adjacent to the Holland Land Office Museum.