Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

BOARD TO SEEK PUBLIC QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS ON MORRIS VIEW NURSING FACILITY  

The Morris County Board of Freeholders will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, July 6, at 6:30 p.m., to seek public questions and comments on the board’s consideration of future operations at the county’s Morris View Healthcare Center, including public response to a recent independent report compiled for the freeholders.

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The meeting will be held at Morris View, Dean Gallo Atrium, First Floor, 540 West Hanover Avenue, Morris Township, N.J. 07960. The public is invited to attend.

Prior to the meeting, county residents can read the Morris View Healthcare Center Facilitator’s Report by visiting, www.MorrisCountyNJ.gov, or you may email Morris County Communications Director Larry Ragonese at [email protected] for a copy or for additional information.

Residents also can view the previous Marcus and Millichaps report at:  https://morriscountynj.gov/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Morris-County-OOA.pdf

There also will be an additional opportunity for the public to comment on the report at the Board of  Freeholders’ July 13 meeting, at 7 p.m., at the County Government Administration Building, 10 Court Street, in Morristown.

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The Freeholders last week received an updated report, including a detailed fiscal analysis, on the county’s Morris View Healthcare Center that finds taxpayer subsidies to continue to manage the facility will rise substantially over the next several years as revenues decline or stay flat and operating expenses increase.

Consultant Perselay Associates, retained by the freeholders to do an “independent study’’ of Morris View, projects the tax-supported subsidy to run Morris View will rise from $6.8 million incurred in 2015 to $15.5 million by 2020.

The consultant found that a potential leasing option of Morris View, a 283-bed facility in Morris Township, to a private nursing home operator could be a viable solution to respond to the projected financial issues that are likely to impact Morris View, while also maintaining the high quality of care offered at Morris View.

The information compiled by Perselay Associates supplements a 2015 report done for the county by consultants Marcus and Millichap.

The new study includes a detailed fiscal analysis, a report on findings about county nursing homes in several other counties that have been sold to private owners, and also includes findings from a series of meetings held with the Morris View Advisory Committee and family members of patients at Morris View.

The Board of Freeholders is expected to consider the latest findings, along with the previous Marcus and Millichaps report, in making a decision on Morris View. Marcus and Millichaps laid out three scenarios to the freeholders: Continued status quo county operation of the nursing home; sale of the facility; and leasing of the nursing beds while the county maintains ownership and maintenance of the facility.

Importantly, the county governing board stated in the resolution that “it is not inclined to pursue the option of selling the facility.’’

The freeholders in March passed a resolution that directed the County Administration to pursue several initiatives related to Morris View, including potential leasing of the facility to a health care company, but stressed that any such review be done in close coordination with families of patients, staff, and advocates for Morris View.