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May 13, 2014

Top Changes with Montevue/Citizens

Roy Meachum

Diane Grove and Benita Fisher are out. Pity! They took years of experience with them. For differing reasons, they decided to leave as administrator of Montevue Assisted Living and nursing director of Citizens Care and Rehabilitation.


Ms. Grove chose to stick with the county pension system, while Ms. Fisher had a spat with Aurora Health Management, the new buyer of the seniors and seriously ill human people among us, after months of haggling with the system, including a Montevue/Citizens claque. (I live in private system in Westminster.)


After 12 years, Aurora’s president Stanley Snow announced Ms. Fisher’s departure; when the News-Post reached the ex-nursing director by telephone she had this quote:


“They need to put the needs of the residents first, and if they do that, regardless of the challenges they are experiencing, they will be OK.”


“There’s no changing what happened, but they’ve got to understand that for the security of the residents, they need to accept the change has occurred and do everything they can do to make sure the residents don’t end up suffering as a result,” Ms. Fisher added.


The county commissioners, led by President Blaine Young, handed over the leases on May 1, in a transaction that yielded the residents reporting to Aurora.


“There was a lot of cloud, a lot secrecy,” said Augusta Sankey, a previous unit manager and formerly acting as an assistant director of nursing. "I would have respected them (Aurora) more if they had been more transparent with the residents and their families. These are old people who have gone through a lot of loss in their lives, who have gone through a lot of changes. ... This is one change that I think the company should have been more transparent and forthcoming with," she said.


“As part of the sale deal, Aurora agreed to extend employment offers to facility staff who used to work for the county,” according to excellent News-Post reporter Bethany Rodgers.


“The 323 employees are receiving comparable benefits and identical salaries to what the county provided,” Aurora’s president Snow said. “Nobody is guaranteed a job regardless of their performance. But as long as people are doing a good job, there is no reason that we should make a change.”


Speaking for his partner, Robert Owens, he also allowed during a Thursday report to county commissioners that Aurora representatives have met with Citizens and Montevue residents. The results of those meetings were not passed along.


Unlike the county board with all Republicans, I’m suspicious of political motives, which publically engendered the selling and only six months before the next elections. I’ve used protesting the sale.


I hope everything turns out well. But we’re dealing with human beings, I tend to be cynical.




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