A receivership agreement has been approved between Samaritan Medical
Center, the New York State Department of Health and Mercy Health Care of NNY.
The agreement, effective at noon today, was the last step necessary for Samaritan Medical Center to take over Mercy operations.
Samaritan has been working with the Department of Health over the past few months to finalize a receivership agreement after the state announced plans to close Mercy after the facility's many years of financial hardship.
The receivership agreement ensures the continuation of Mercy's operations until a new long-term care facility can be constructed through the recently awarded HEAL 20 funding.
After informing managers at Samaritan and Samaritan Keep Home this morning, a team from Samaritan arrived at Mercy at noon to begin meet Mercy management and staff. The Samaritan team included Thomas H. Carman, President and Chief Executive Officer; Paul Kraeger, Chief Financial Officer; Barbara Morrow, Chief Compliance Officer; and Stacey Cannizzo, RN, Samaritan Keep Home.
The team's primary focus will be to ensure quality of care for residents, to be supportive of staff, and to develop a comprehensive understanding of the current circumstances at Mercy.
During its initial assessment, attention will be directed toward resident evaluation and care plans. Other aspects of the assessment will include: day-to-day operations and administration; status of regulatory compliance, such as recent Department of Health surveys and plans of correction; staffing patterns and collective bargaining agreements; condition of physical plant; and financial analysis.
The team will then begin to develop an operational plan, which is due to the Department of Health within 60 days. This plan will outline Samaritan's approach for managing the facility throughout the duration of the receivership agreement.
See Tuesday's Times for more details.