Nothing’s been decided yet, but both health care management companies that have bid on the Black Hawk County-owned Country View care center made pitches to the Board of Supervisors during a work session yesterday(Tues).
Pritok Capital of Chicago, which operates 12 nursing homes in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and Texas, and has offered the county $5.6-million for Country View…and Beacon Health Management of Tampa, Florida, with 22 homes in Georgia and Ohio, and has bid 5.5-million for the facility north of Waterloo…both say current residents would be allowed to stay, and representatives of both firms said employees who stay would earn competitive pay and benefits.
Neither company has any nursing homes in Iowa and neither has a specialized mental health facility operating right now. About a fifth of Country View’s patients fall into that category.
The board discussed having several members and staff visit one of Pritok’s homes in Rochester, Minnesota, but it’s not yet clear when a choice will be made, and more than 2,000 people have signed petitions started by a group of Country View employees, opposing the sale to any outside company, even though the county’s taxpayers have been making up deficits with reserve funds, and higher property taxes beginning July 1st.