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Nursing Home Merger Creates Opportunity For City PDF Print E-mail
Written by Maggie Yowler   
Monday, 17 February 2014 06:53

While many details are still uncertain, the impending purchase of Belle Manor nursing home by Vancrest Healthcare may leave the city of New Carlisle with a new office building.


Vancrest Healthcare of Van Wert, Ohio currently has nine nursing home and assisted living facilities throughout Ohio, including locations in Urbana, Delphos, and Dayview Care Center in New Carlisle, purchased one year ago.  Belle Manor, which currently holds the number one ranking for nursing homes in Clark County, is scheduled to be officially purchased by Vancrest on January 31.

Although none of the plans concerning the merger are finalized yet, once Vancrest purchases Belle Manor, they will begin the process of expanding the Dayview facility so that Belle Manor and Dayview can merge upon completion of the expansion.  The merge, which is expected to happen in approximately two years, will then leave Belle Manor vacant, and Vancrest will likely donate that location to New Carlisle to use as the city’s office building.

New Carlisle Mayor Lowell McGlothin asked City Manager Kim Jones to reveal the possible relocation at last Tuesday’s City Council meeting.  “I believe we have some wonderful news tonight,” McGlothin said, looking to Jones with excitement.  Jones explained the City has been told that effective February 1, Vancrest will take ownership of Belle Manor and eventually donate the building to the City of New Carlisle once its merger with Dayview is complete.

“The City has been blessed with being told Vancrest will donate Belle Manor to us,” Jones said.  “The building has many possibilities, and I know that we will be able to put it to good use for many, many years to come,” said Jones.

Sanford “Sandy” Gerber of Belle Manor said he thinks the move will benefit everyone involved.  “I really don’t see a loser in this situation,” he said.  Gerber said once Vancrest finalizes the purchase of Belle Manor, operations in the facility will remain the same until Dayview is renovated.  “Belle Manor will continue to operate independently, and Dayview will continue to operate independently,” said Gerber.

Gerber said Belle Manor currently employs between 80 and 100 people, and believes that the “overwhelming majority” of his staff will be welcomed at the new location upon the merge.  “The demand for positions will pretty much remain the same,” he said.  “We’ll be doubling the size of residents served, so we will probably maintain the same staffing ratios between caregiving staff and residents,” said Gerber.

While Belle Manor is currently ranked as the best nursing home facility in Clark County, Gerber does not expect the merge to lessen the quality of care received by residents at the new site.  “Vancrest has a reputation for high quality of care,” he said, adding that he believes nine out of ten of Vancrest’s locations are five star-rated.  “Their staff members, philosophy, and level of patient care are right where they need to be.”

Gerber said the addition of more beds will create an opportunity to provide more specialized services that will ultimately result in welcoming more residents and employees alike.  “By combining the two locations, we will be able to operate more efficiently and attract more patients,” Gerber said, noting that the residents of western Clark County will be better-served by the merge.  “This is a good opportunity for both homes to progress, and render the level of care that western Clark County deserves,” he said, adding that the new facility will offer assisted living as well as skilled nursing care, and that home care and hospice care were also being looked into.

Jim Snyder of Dayview Care Center said his facility can accommodate 50 residents currently, but that the proposed remodeling would add another 80 to 90 beds.  Snyder said every resident at Belle Manor will be offered a place at Dayview during the merge, and that Vancrest must file a certificate of need with the Ohio Department of Health before transferring beds from one location to another.  “When Vancrest buys Belle Manor, they will own the beds, but they will still have to file that certificate of need to move the beds to their other facility,” Snyder said, adding that the process of planning the renovation is still in the works.

The New Carlisle News will bring you more details on this merge and possible donation to the city as they become available.

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