Long Distance Nursing Home Ownership

May 20, 2013 Updated May 20, 2013 at 7:27 AM EDT

By Elizabeth Carey

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May 20, 2013 Updated May 20, 2013 at 7:27 AM EDT

A report in this week's Business First shows how six Western New York nursing homes have been sold to out-of-town
owners in the past three years­ and more deals are in the works.

Half of those deals include facilities shifting from nonprofit or public owners to private, for-profit companies. Some of the owners have multiple holdings here in New York or elsewhere. The report says families, labor groups and consumer advocacy groups worry that the changes will bring affect staffing and quality. Some vendors say they're seeing a loss of business as out-of-town owners shift contracts.

Here's a look at a sampling of nursing facilities that have recently been sold to entities outside WNY: Waterfront Health Care Center in Buffalo, Orchard Manor in Medina, Harbour and Hawthorne Multicare Centers for Living in Buffalo, Niagara Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Niagara Falls and Batavia Nursing Home.

The reasons for the changes in ownership vary from site to site. You can read more about the issue in this week's Business First.

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