Here's some good news for supporters of the Erie County Care Facility:
It's still there.
Brad Storer, administrator of the county nursing home for almost 12 years, admits that when a tax levy to support the money-bleeding care facility failed in 2008, he thought it likely it would have to be sold or leased.
Since then, however, the care facility has clawed back from the brink. It has found ways to cut costs and to carry out low-cost renovations, giving hope that it can stay open even as new challenges lie ahead.
"I don't want to see this place closed," said county commissioner Pat Shenigo, who has spent much of his time in office trying to help the care facility survive. "It provides a valuable service to the community."
It ran into trouble about a couple of years ago. County commissioners gave the home a $520,000 loan in 2008 from the general fund, which is still awaiting repayment. In an attempt to save the home, they put a 0.5-mill on the ballot. On Nov. 4, 2008, the levy narrowly failed, with 19,332 people voting in favor but 19,889 opposed.
To stay afloat, the care facility has cut expenses, is moving to trim the number of beds it tries to fill and is providing renovations to make it more attractive.
Read the full story in Saturday's Register.