Concord Care's woes have given Erie County's cash-strapped nursing home a much-needed shot in the arm.
Six former residents of Concord Care and Rehabilitation have transferred to the Erie County Care Facility, said Brad Storer, administrator of the nursing home. The 160-bed facility, located at Osborn Park, now has 137 residents.
Concord Care and Rehabilitation Center has been battered by bad publicity in recent weeks. A former nurse, John Riems, has been charged with one count of gross sexual imposition and three counts each of rape, sexual battery and patient abuse. A flurry of civil lawsuits have been filed against Concord, and state regulators have cited the facility with six care violations.
Storer said he believes good word-of-mouth and a good reputation led the Concord Care residents to transfer to the Erie County Care Facility.
He said more Concord residents may be on the way.
"We have a couple more referrals we are working on from there," he said.
Storer briefed the Erie County Commissioners on the nursing home's current situation when commissioners met Thursday in his office.
"At least you made money," commissioner Tom Ferrell said after Storer mentioned the $79,463.18 profit the nursing home made in January.
Storer cautioned that it's difficult to tell from January alone how well the nursing home will do this year.
The care facility, which has lost money in recent years, needs every resident it can get. From November to January it admitted 27 new residents but lost 28 -- 14 to discharges and 14 who died.
To help boost occupancy, Erie County Care Facility has begun airing a commercial that will run locally for six months on four cable channels: Discovery, the Weather Channel, CNN and Lifetime.
It cost just under $6,000 to film the commercial and buy the advertising time on the four channels, Storer said.