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June 30, 2014

No jobs lost in Uihlein Living Center partnership

LAKE PLACID — Details of shared operations at Uihlein Living Center, an elder-care facility here, are in the works.

Adirondack Health is collaborating with Post Acute Partners, a private company based in New York City, to add resources to the nursing-home complex and health campus once run by the Sisters of Mercy.

The nursing home at Uihlein and one in Tupper Lake were sold to the Adirondack Health consortium in 2006.

Adirondack Health spokesman Joe Riccio said the Mercy Care Center in Tupper Lake is not part of the partnership deal in discussion.

JOBS SECURE

He said the medical workforce team and nursing-home staff would maintain their jobs with the transition.

“The existing staff is included in this process. Generally, the idea is that the workforce would be transferred over," Riccio said. 

"Post Acute Partners want to be good corporate neighbors. They realize they are coming into a community and want to do what’s right for the community.”

'GOOD FIT'

The goal, Riccio said, is sustainability of services through innovation.

“Ensuring sustainable quality care is the priority. This is about being able to partner with somebody who can bring those additional resources beyond the nursing-home setting.”

Adirondack Health administrators have met with nursing-home staff and also with Uihlein residents and their family members to discuss the pending transition.

Care for elders in place now won’t be disrupted, Riccio said.

“That’s why Post Acute Partners was such a good fit for this process.”

Seventy-four residents now live at the 80-bed Uihlein Living Center.

'PARTNERSHIP'

Adirondack Health could not be specific about either the price involved in any transaction or if part or all of the campus would actually change hands. 

“It’s a partnership. Post Acute Partners are collaborating with us on this venture, and we are combining resources to allow for greater investment in new health-care technology," Riccio said.

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