Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Premier Healthcare Resources, the private firm hired by the Morris County Freeholders in 2007 to manage the county-owned Morris View Healthcare Center, reported to the freeholders today that it has made significant progress in cutting the facility’s operating costs and increasing revenue.

Ron Deal, vice-president of Premier, said net operating costs to Morris County have gone from more than $10 million in 2005 to $4.4 million in 2009, with $3 million saved since the company began managing Morris View.

According to Deal, the savings can be attributed to a number of factors including an increase in census and Medicare A revenues, the implementation of management efficiencies, a reduction in overtime and less reliance on using nurses from outside agencies to staff the facility.

Since the company began managing the 283-bed former Morris View Nursing Home, Deal said revenue has been enhanced from $21.4 million in 2007 to a projected $26 million in 2009, resulting in a 21 percent increase in revenue.

Morris View’s population has also increased from a daily average of 259 in 2007 to 276 this year, with the admission process streamlined from three days several years ago to an hour today in many cases, Deal told the freeholders.

Freeholder Director Gene Feyl called Morris View a “premier health care facility that provides outstanding long-term care and rehabilitation services to Morris County citizens.”

Deal said plans for 2010 include providing enhanced clinical programs for specific disease processes, expanded family meetings to educate and communicate with residents’ families, and continuing education for community professionals.