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The Tentacle


September 29, 2015

A Call to Action on Citizens and Montevue

Guest Columnist

Billy Shreve

 

Frederick’s County Executive Jan Gardner intends to exercise the power of eminent domain and seize all of Aurora’s interests in the formerly county owned Citizen’s Nursing Home and Montevue Assisted Living. Aurora currently owns the healthcare businesses of both entities and leases the property from the county.

 

Since Aurora took over the management, and then contracted to purchase the facilities, the care of the residents has improved and county taxpayers are no longer losing $5 million dollars per year.

 

Councilman Kirby Delauter stated: “Before Aurora took over operations, the county lost $5 million per year, now we rent the facilities for $1.4 Million per year. That is an improvement that favors the taxpayers of Frederick County to the tune of $6.4 million per year.”

 

On May 1, 2015, County Executive Gardner deliberately withheld payment of $3.25 million to Aurora Holdings VII, LLC for care of the poor and indigent residents. This breached the Continued Care Agreement signed by the county and Aurora on May 1, 2014. At the county executive’s request, on Tuesday at 7 P.M. the County Council will vote on removing Aurora’s May 1, 2016, payment of $2.25 Million.

 

The agreement states: “To the extent the county does not make the forgoing payments, Aurora, in addition to any other rights and remedies it may have against the county, shall no longer have any obligation to provide assisted living services to those subsidized MALF (Montevue Assisted Living Facility) residents subject to this agreement.” Why is County Executive Gardner refusing to pay for the care of the poor and indigent?

 

I spoke with Aurora holdings President Stanley Snow and was assured that the residents of the assisted living and skilled nursing facility subject to the agreement will not be evicted, will continue to receive the world class medical care they deserve, and that Aurora will continue to pay rent to Frederick County.

 

Councilman Delauter and I are calling on the residents and business community of Frederick County to contact County Executive Gardner and tell her to immediately pay the $3.25 million for the continued care of our elderly and indigent and not to remove the payment of $2.25 million due May 1, 2016.

 

The eminent domain threat and constant agitation by the county executive toward this private healthcare business sends the wrong message to the business community. It not only affects the daily operations of the business, it affects the residents who are receiving care, employees, and other partners in the healthcare community.

 

The continued care for our elderly and indigent should be our first priority. I hope this issue can be resolved quickly so those living under the care of Aurora at Montevue Assisted Living and Citizen’s Nursing Home can end their daily worries and live a normal, peaceful life.

 

Tell Jan Gardner to stop fulfilling political promises on the backs of the Frederick County elderly and poor.

 

County Executive Gardner can be reached at 301-600-3190, or jGardner@FrederickCountyMD.gov, and the County Council at CouncilMembers@FrederickCountyMD.gov

 

The public hearing is today (September 29th) at 7 P.M. at Winchester Hall.

 

For additional information, please feel free to contact Council Members Shreve and Delauter at Billy@FrederickCountyMD.gov, KDelauter@FrederickCountyMD.gov, or by phone at 301-600-1034

 



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