Meeting to focus on future of Valley View Manor

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Several local officials have said they think it is important that Moffat County continues to provide nursing home care for its elderly.

But in less than two months, Valley View Manor will close its doors in Craig, pending a buyout from a local individual, business or entity.

With the clock ticking, local officials want to discuss the situation and what their options might be to keep the home open.

Administrators and board members from The Memorial Hospital, the Visiting Nurse Association and Moffat County at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday will discuss what impact the closure of Valley View Manor would have.

TMH Community Relations Director Pam Thompson said officials would discuss what involvement TMH could have in keeping the home in Craig.

She said it would be a research meeting in which officials discuss numbers, and what can and can't feasibly be done to keep the home's doors open.

Moffat County Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos already has said not having a home for the elderly in the community is not an option.

Raftopoulos said the purpose of Wednesday's meeting is for county officials to find out from the hospital what the two entities can do to work together to keep nursing home care in Craig.

Ideally she said she would like to a private entity take over the home, but should one not step forward, the county and hospital might have to come together to keep the home open.

Mariner Health Care officials announced to employees at Valley View Manor last week that they would close the home in 60 days, citing a million-dollar shortfall in the past six months.

"This building is significantly upside down financially," Rocky Mountain Region President for Mariner Dale Zaletel told the employees. "We're at a point right now where we simply cannot make it work anymore. We notified the state yesterday that we're on a 60-day track to close the building and transfer the residents."

TMH officials began investigating what impact the closure of the home might have on the hospital shortly after the announcement was made.

A dollar figure has not yet been released on what the impact might be on TMH revenue.

But regardless of what the financial impact is, TMH officials are concerned.

"The Memorial Hospital would like to give some comfort to families, residents and community members that your community healthcare leaders are deeply troubled to think about a future without a long-term health facility," TMH officials said in a press release last week. "There is work that needs to be done. We care about you and your family needs today and in the future."

The same release cited what would be discussed at Wednesday's meeting including:

  • If a viable purchaser is found, TMH will become a partner in helping to support in the continuation of the mission at Valley View Manor to continue to provide quality healthcare in this community.
  • TMH will meet with various representatives to see if there is a public solution. TMH will continue to research the financial analysis, governance and management options, funding options and look at strategic planning for continuance in the community.

Josh Nichols can be reached at 824-7031 or jnichols@craigdailypress.com.

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