Blaine County Transitions Skilled Nursing Business To A Private Provider

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By Andrew Reed

Hailey, Idaho ( KMVT-TV - KTWT-TV) Blaine County commissioners decided to leave the skilled nursing business.

Commissioners voted to bring in safe haven health care to manage the counties assisted-living duties.

"When St. Luke's came to Blaine County it took over our hospital system but didn't take over the skilled nursing services. Blaine County agreed to manage skilled nursing in the year 2000” said Commissioner Larry Schoen, Blaine County.

Skilled nursing is round the clock care for senior citizens. County commissioners had a goal to find an organization that can provide skilled nursing at a high quality level of care.

"The board of county commissioners made the decision to make a transition to a private service provider Safe Haven and we'll be getting out of the skilled nursing business” said Schoen.

Safe Haven will take over operations at Blaine Manor a county funded facility.

"This has been a long process and we are excited to take over operations in October and expand things. I think quality of care and the services that are going to be available are going to be a great benefit to the community,” said Katie Harris, Safe Haven Health Care.

The health care company operates seven facilities in Idaho, including one in Bellevue.

"We are breaking ground in 2013 for Bell Mountain Village which will also be in Blaine County and add a wide variety of services” said Harris.

Once the transition is finalized, taxpayers will no longer fund skilled nursing services in the county, Safe Haven will inquire all cost.


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