County board asks for bids for nursing home managers

County board asks for bids for nursing home managers

URBANA — A request for new proposals from a private operator to manage the Champaign County Nursing Home will go out later this winter.

Management Performance Associates, based in Chesterfield, Mo., has managed the nursing home for almost six years, but county board members have asked for the request to look for other possible managers, County Administrator Deb Busey said Monday.

She said she had "no doubt" there would be interest from other contractors in operating the 243-bed nursing home on the east side of Urbana. Busey said the county received unsolicited inquiries from other operators in the last year.

MPA gets about $200,000 a year from the county government to manage the facility.

County board member Gary Maxwell, a Mahomet Republican who also is a member of the nursing home's board of directors, said MPA could be awarded the contract again. It won a contract renewal three years ago without an RFP process.

"I don't want to foreclose on anyone getting this contract," he said. "But I think it's time that we go out and see what there is to offer."

Under a contract timeline reviewed by the nursing-home board Monday, bid proposals would be opened March 21. An evaluation committee would review the top proposals April 29 and the county board would approve a new contract May 22. It would go into effect July 1.

Also Monday, nursing home Manager Scott Gima said the facility had "a down year" in 2013 because it failed to meet its census goal of 195 for nine out of 12 months.

"The lower census was not due to a drop in admissions," he explained. "We saw months where more than 30 residents were admitted — that was unprecedented. The census downturn was due to a higher number of discharges, which does not keep the beds filled but it is a positive quality indicator."

But the nursing home reported a net loss of $53,412 in November, and $306,563 for the year ended Nov. 30.

Gima also reported that the facility's director of nursing position, vacant for about a year, remains unfilled. He said the position was offered to an applicant three weeks ago who accepted it. Since then, however, MPA has been unable to reach her and the company has renewed its search.

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