Kinney Nursing Home
For many years, Gouverneur Hospital and E.J. Noble hospital have leased space to Kinney Nursing Home of Gouverneur and provided staffing to the nursing home under a contractual agreement. On April 1, 2014, the Board of Directors of Kinney Nursing Home announced plans to close the facility in the face of insurmountable financial challenges.
Kinney Nursing Home and its partner, United Helpers, are working with residents and their families to transition them to the most appropriate care settings. Residents and family members with questions regarding the closure are asked to contact Interim Administrator Todd Amo at (315) 535-9319. In addition, the St. Lawrence County Long-term Care Ombudsman Program makes available the services of an Ombudsman, Anna McMaster, to provide impartial guidance to residents and their families. Anna can be reached at (315) 324-5471.
The following is the statement issued by the Kinney Nursing Home Board of Directors:
Kinney Nursing Home to Close in Face of
Irreversible Financial Challenges
A Statement from the Board of Directors of the Kinney Nursing Home
April 1, 2014
After months of careful analysis, and with the health and safety of residents foremost in mind, the Board of Directors of Kinney Nursing Home has made the difficult but unavoidable decision to close the nursing home as a result of continuing and irreversible adverse financial challenges. These challenges prevent us from providing the amenities our residents and their families require and deserve and will erode our ability to continue to meet standards of medical care our residents require and deserve.
Residents, family members and staff were notified of the Board’s decision yesterday. The New York State Department of Health has approved a comprehensive closure plan, with a targeted closing date on or about May 7, 2014.
The Board of Directors recognizes and regrets the burdens that the closing creates for our 22 residents and their families. We are committed to doing all we can to ensure that these life transitions go as smoothly as possible for all involved, and that the health and safety of our residents remain our number-one priority each step of the way.
For the past 42 years, Kinney Nursing Home has provided a warm and caring environment for the men and women who have called our facility “home.” Unfortunately, the harsh realities of today’s healthcare economy prevent a small nursing home like this, in a rural area like ours, from remaining viable any longer. The challenges faced by Kinney Nursing Home are like those confronting nursing homes across the country, particularly those in small, rural communities like Gouverneur. The payments Kinney Nursing Home receives for providing care are far below its operating costs, resulting in an average annual loss of more than $208,000 over the past 14 years. This chronic shortage of funding means that we are no longer able to provide the amenities our residents and their families require and deserve and our ability to provide even minimum standards of medical care will erode We have looked closely at all aspects of the nursing home’s operations and evaluated its current and projected future revenues and expenses, and see no reasonable likelihood that we can achieve financial viability or make the significant investments that are necessary to improve care on a sustainable basis.
In the months leading up to our decision, the Kinney Nursing Home Board of Directors conducted a thorough, proactive review of all aspects of a closure, and prepared a thoughtful, comprehensive closure plan in full compliance with federal and New York State regulations, and following best practices for appropriate placement of nursing home residents.
In accordance with our plan, Kinney Nursing Home management has immediately begun working with our residents and their families to transition them to the most appropriate and qualified care setting for each individual. We are assisted in this process by United Helpers, Inc., the trusted local agency that has worked with us to manage the nursing home over the past year, and which has a successful record of conducting knowledgeable assessments and placement services. Relocation timing is dependent on each individual resident’s medical condition, preferences, and availability of appropriate alternative placement.
Each resident will be re-assessed from the physical, medical, and cognitive perspectives to verify his or her specific care needs. Residents and family members will be provided with information about other nursing homes and placement options based on those needs, and asked to identify their top three choices. If placement within a resident’s top three choices cannot be arranged, Kinney Nursing Home’s management will work with the resident and his or her family to identify other appropriate care options.
Residents and family members with questions regarding the closure are asked to contact Interim Administrator Todd Amo at (315) 535-9319.
Kinney Nursing Home opened in 1972 and was certified as a 40-bed nursing home, serving Gouverneur and surrounding communities. A wholly independent, not-for-profit organization, it is governed by a volunteer board of directors, subject to the oversight of the members of the corporation. E. J. Noble Hospital of Gouverneur provided staffing at Kinney Nursing Home on a contract basis until the closure of that hospital on December 31, 2013. Following that date, the newly-established Gouverneur Hospital hired staff whose services are leased to the independent nursing home. The Gouverneur Hospital administration will work with affected employees, and bargaining representatives if applicable, to minimize the impact of the closure to the extent possible.
The Kinney Nursing Home has been honored to care for residents who chose to make this their home.
Kinney Nursing Home Board of Directors:
Michael J. Burgess, Chairman
Dr. Nicholas Gardner, Vice Chairman
Mark Brackett, Secretary/Treasurer
Dr. Andrew Williams