Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

The private firm hired by the Morris County Freeholders last year to manage the county-owned Morris View Healthcare Center reported today that it has made significant progress in cutting the facility’s expenses.

Ron Deal, vice-president of Premier Healthcare Resources, told the freeholders that operating expenses through August were $1.2 million less than projected, with overtime cut by $173,000.

Since the company began managing the 283-bed former Morris View Nursing Home, Deal said Premier has enhanced revenue and increase the facility’s population from an average of 259 residents a day in 2007 to an average of 272 today.

The admission process has also been streamlined, with no restrictions on when an individual may be admitted to the facility, according to Deal.

Deal said plans for 2009 include providing advanced training for clinical staff, improved marketing of the healthcare center, and establishing a clinical affiliation with the County College of Morris for a nursing program.

Deal also said the 2009 budget for Morris View should remain at its 2008 level of $25.5 million.