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York County accepts $30.8M for Pleasant Acres nursing home

The York County Board of Commissioners has agreed to sell county-owned Pleasant Acres Nursing & Rehabilitation Center for $30.8 million to Philadelphia-based Premier Health Care Management.

The board approved the sale of Pleasant Acres on May 2 during a regular business meeting.

The sale to Premier includes a county annex building and the 375-bed nursing home, which is connected to an independent-living facility called Elm Springs, according to Mark Walters, spokesman for the county. 

Premier was one of six bidders that made offers to the county in March, but it was not the highest bidder. The bids, all six from private health care providers, ranged from $26 million to $32.5 million. New Jersey-based Allaire Health Services submitted the highest bid. 


Premier will keep the 347 current residents in the facility, provide first admission preference to York County residents and ensure that at least 80 percent of residents are Medicaid recipients.


Premier also recently purchased county-owned nursing homes in Armstrong, Schuylkill, Butler and Washington counties. Walters said in its past transitions, Premier has hired more than 95 percent of incumbent employees. At its last count, Pleasant Acres employed around 420 people.

Premier plans to meet with employees and residents of Pleasant Acres and conduct town hall meetings before closing on the property, which is expected in July.

“We will be spending time at the facility, getting to know the residents and staff. We will work very hard, so that they no longer have to worry about the unknown,” Lisa Sofia, CEO of Premier, said in a statement. “We welcome with open arms all the current residents, future residents and staff. We, along with the leadership of Pleasant Acres, are committed to a seamless and uninterrupted transition of services.”

Walters said one of the main reasons the county considered a sale of the nursing home was the difficulty of keeping up with capital improvements at the facility. The annex building was built in 1949 while the current six-story nursing facility was erected in 1976.

The new owners have already committed $4.2 million in capital improvements to Pleasant Acres, which includes spending on new medical equipment and supplies, IT upgrades like wireless internet, an enhanced dining experience and other building improvements.

Walters said county commissioners visited facilities for three of the six organisations that bid on Pleasant Acres. Premier best reflected what the commissioners wanted to maintain, and in some areas, improve at the facility, county officials said.


“Premier was chosen because they embrace the mission, shared values and family culture of Pleasant Acres,” President Commissioner Susan Byrnes said in a statement on behalf of the board.

Premier has also extended free rent to the county for the annex building through Dec. 31, 2020, and contributed $500,000 to an endowment for Pleasant Acres residents. The county also kicked in $500,000 to the endowment, which will be overseen by an advisory board and subsidize a fund used for emergency and other needs of Pleasant Acres residents, Walters said.

Kountry Kids Daycare, the child daycare program on the premises, currently has 51 children enrolled and 10 more are expected to register this summer. Premier has stated it intends to maintain this service as well.

 

Emily Thurlow
​Emily Thurlow covers York County​ for the Central Penn Business Journal. Have a tip? Drop her a line at [email protected].

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