Thursday, March 28th, 2013

The Morris County Freeholders have established an advisory committee to look at ways the county can continue to reduce the tax effort needed to fund Morris View Healthcare Center.

Freeholder David Scapicchio, the freeholder board’s deputy director, said while the county has been successful in recent years cutting expenses and increasing revenue to Morris View, there are still challenges that remain.

“We have saved money by outsourcing housekeeping, laundry, dietary and other services at Morris View, and we’ve also been able to increase revenue with the addition of a Sub Acute Unit,” Scapicchio said. “But, we still must find a way to deal with the issues that remain, including continued reductions in Medicaid funding.”

Scapicchio said the advisory committee will analyze trends and provide the freeholders with information, guidance and the strategic planning recommendations necessary to address those critical issues.

He said the committee will also work to develop a plan to market Morris View to those in the community needing the services the facility offers.

The advisory committee will include Scapicchio; Freeholder Hank Lyon, the freeholder liaison to the county’s Department of Human Services; two family members of Morris View residents; a community-based volunteer; county staff; and representatives from Premier Healthcare Resources, the company that manages Morris View.