FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick County Commissioners voted to privatize the county owned nursing home and rehab centers back in June of this year. However, the sale still isn't finalized, and that means the county is still losing money.
Frederick County Commissioners voted to privatize Montevue Assisted Living and Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center on June 25, 2013. Five months later, financial records show the centers are in the red.
According to monthly financial statements, Citizens and Montevue lost more than $230,000 in September, and $181,000 of that money came from Montevue and Citizens lost $50,000. This comes as no surprise to Frederick County Commission President Blaine Young.
"We estimated even with the best case scenario is that we'd still lose about $2 million a year, which is about 50 percent less than we were losing, which was $4 million a year," Young (R) said.
Young, and those at the center, say several things caused the deficit.
"A lot has to do with personnel cost," Young said. "We're over budget, and also when you look at the revenue side, it looks like they may have not generated as much revenue as expected."
"It's all about taking care of people. Everybody who works here is a caregiver, and we're trying to take care of our residents and take care of each other," said Michael Roles, executive administrator for Citizens.
Aurora Health Management began running the centers in August, but the county still pays for it until the sales go through.
"We're getting better pricing on our pharmacy services and trying any way we can to streamline things to make things more affordable for the people in Frederick County," Roles said.
The county will continue to try and end the deficit at Montevue and Citizens until the private company takes the reins of the centers.
Young says he expects to close the sale of Citizens and Montevue sometime between December and March.