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TLC Health nears a deal on nursing home control

TLC Health Network in Irving is nearing a deal to turn over control of its nursing home to Post Acute Partners, a major regional nursing home company that took ownership of most of the ElderWood Senior Care chain of facilities in 2013.

TLC Health last month notified the state departments of Labor and Health that it was withdrawing its plan to shut the nursing home, part of Lake Shore Health Care Center, which directly or indirectly employs 54 and had been threatened with closure since January.

“The decision to rescind these notices was made as a result of ongoing discussions to transition TLC’s long term care services to Post Acute Partners … in 2016,” TLC Health said in a statement.

The New York City-based nursing home company and TLC Health on Thursday said they have not reached a firm decision on a plan for the facility. But they said they are considering several options, including a short-term management contract for Post Acute Partners, a transfer of ownership to the nursing home company or changing the facility into a long-term behavioral care unit that serves residents with neurological impairment, according to TLC Health.

The uncertainty surrounding the nursing home is tied to the years-long indecision over the future of TLC Health, which filed for reorganizational bankruptcy in December 2013, two months after announcing its intention to close Lake Shore hospital in 2014.

The hospital has been losing millions of dollars annually but is considered a provider of crucial health care services in northern Chautauqua County. Over the last two years, Lake Shore has remained open as TLC Health received infusions of emergency aid and sought a strategy to emerge from bankruptcy.

In January, TLC Health filed notice with the Labor Department that it would close its long-term care facility, which is licensed for 120 beds but maintains only a single, 20-bed unit for long-term and rehabilitation residents. The notice said 70 workers would be affected, but the nursing home now directly employs about 13 workers and indirectly employs 41 more full- and part-time workers.

TLC Health said that its research has shown that there is a need for long-term behavioral care units in the area, that it believes its employees could transition from its existing unit to the new unit and that the Health Department would grant approval for the new unit.