The county-owned nursing and assisted living homes are set to see a change in management this week, as the company interested in buying the facilities gets a jump-start on running them.

On Thursday, Aurora Health Management will take the reins at Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living on a month-to-month contract that is expected to last until the Millersville-based company purchases the two facilities. County commissioners on June 25 voted to sell the centers to Aurora for $30 million.

Aurora will take over for LW Consulting, a Pennsylvania business that has managed Citizens and Montevue for more than 18 months. The county has agreed to pay Aurora $50,000 per month to run the facilities and head up everything from purchasing to health care reporting.

The county will immediately start benefiting from the changeover, said Michael Marschner, the county's special projects manager. For instance, since Aurora operates seven other nursing homes, the company is able to buy medications at lower prices. Buying pharmaceuticals at the prices available to Aurora would save the county more than $200,000 a year, Marschner said.

In addition, Aurora's monthly fee to manage the facilities is $3,000 less than LW's, he said.

"We've already got savings before they come through the door," he said.

Marschner doesn't anticipate any problems in the transition between management companies, though he said LW is hurrying to complete some financial statements before they hand off to Aurora.

The 27-page contract between the county and Aurora establishes the company's duties to include running the centers, preparing monthly and quarterly financial summaries, and making recommendations for staff reorganization.

Decisions about hiring and firing county employees will stay with the county, but Aurora will weigh in on personnel matters, according to the agreement signed by Commissioners President Blaine Young and Aurora President Stanley Snow.

Aurora is sending a couple of staff members to begin working in the facilities and will offer more operational support from its headquarters, Marschner said. Melinda Davis will be business office manager, and Michael Roles will become the administrator for the centers, replacing LW's Bob Aims.

Aurora also agreed to provide an on-site Medicare and Medicaid billing specialist, according to the contract.

Marschner said it's difficult to estimate when Aurora's purchase will be finalized.

Sale opponents have taken steps to block the transaction, and legal action could cause delays, Marschner said. However, even taking legal proceedings into account, he estimates the closing date will come within six months.

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Catherine is 100 % correct !
I also can't help but wonder what will happen to the current County staff there once
Aurora management determines their goals for the facilities. Even though they are still supposed to be County employees, Aurora is being allowed input on hiring and firing personnel matters. That should not be, but then this whole deal should not have happened. Too late now !!


Darththevader: Where are you? I made several specific charges against Blaine Young here, today. It’s been ten hours and you haven’t come out to defend him (yourself).

You(ng) allowed LW Consulting to run up the accounts receivable to $5.6 Million. You(ng) denied the Board of Trustees’ right to replace LWC. You(ng) will be responsible for allowing Aurora to continue running up the A/R’s, so they can improve on their already established $3.7 Million accounts receivable bonus.

Darth: Come out, come out, wherever you are! And defend yourself—don’t just deny your alias. Explain to us how you(ng) is saving the taxpayers’ dollars with this rip-off deal of yours.


The nursing care TECHS,only make 8.50-11.00 an hour,in nursing home i was in. They are tapped out at 11.00 per a 13 year employee.The state only pays 13.06 to my in-house/girlfriend provider.The agency i had be for my girlfriend took over was getting 19.00 and some change and paying my in-house tech 12.00. You get what you pay for. By the grace i god i have my girlfriend taking care of me.


This entire shambolic episode is a shameful disgrace for Frederick County.


I have been a resident of a Aurora owned/managed nursing home for 9 months after the wreck i was in 2008. POOR care due to NOT enough help.Cold showers due to not wanting to spend the money to fix the problem.'' NOT in budget''. Bullcrap rehab.IT SUCKED.


Everybody seems concerned about the dollar, but what kind of care do you think an underbidder is going to provide for our seniors and disabled individuals


Privatization is the best thing that can happen. Good move.


here's hoping it's the place your kids choose for you.[beam]

Impeach Blaine

"investigate" "investigate" "investigate"

stop talking about it and DO something.

Call people. get it done.


Why is saving money such a concern when Aurora wasn't the highest bidder...Hell, taxpayers, I mean the BoCC gave away millions before the deal was done...If money is an issue now why wasn't it an issue earlier...This needs to be investigated by an outside agency...The Feds will do...Me


One of the main problems of nursing homes or care employees in general that are state employees, it is much harder to fire them and you have to give them second and even third chances. When it comes to caring for someone especiall vunerable populations and you have the wrong attitude and/or a danger to that individual, you need at will employment.


We remember that Young promised to save the taxpayer's money (back BEFORE the election). But, he never said he would then GIVE the taxpayer's money to the developers and he's spending more every year than the previous boards, to a record $516 Million this year! (Also, he never said he planned on selling Montevue and Citizens--they hadn't even been built yet!)


We remember that Young promised to save the taxpayer's money (back BEFORE the election). But, he never said he would then GIVE the taxpayer's money to the developers and he's spending more every year than the previous boards, to a record $516 Million this year! (Also, he never said he planned on selling Montevue and Citizens--they hadn't even been built yet!)


Just think, IF they had not pushed thru that idiotic 100.00 tax rebate check [ a one time deal] NONE of this would have happend.
So why did they push that thru?
Perhaps it may be part of the Thousands of new apartments and thousands of new townhouses being built by the local builders here? not sure.
All they had to do to KEEP your culture going was to NOT send out that idiotic 100.00 rebate check.


Isn't Mr. Marschner the same person who said that the incinerator construction would start in the summer of 2012? and the same person who wasn't even familiar with the contract the county signed with the NMWDA until local citizens embarrassed him over his lack of knowledge of what the contract contained?



For the months of April and May, Citizens Care made operating profits of $82,000 and $225,000, respectively. Thus, after only ten months, the combined facilities were shown to be on track within the year, of completely eliminating the need for County subsidies. That was a month before the BoCC voted to sell out; AND give the new owners a subsidy payment of $3.5 Million at closing (i.e. 12 months in advance)—a cash back settlement, no less! (

An ongoing problem with LW Consulting was their seeming inability to collect on accounts receivable, amounting to some $5.6 Million by the end of May. BoCC President Young repeatedly denied the Citizens Board of Trustees the right to hire new management. Thus, LWC was safe whether they collected the A/R’s or not.

Meanwhile, Aurora has “agreed” to purchase the A/R’s from the County for $1.9 Million. So, here’s another tidy $3.7 Million in profit—assuming Aurora just maintains the status quo. On the other hand, Aurora could simply allow the A/R’s to run (as LW did), resulting in more losses for the County and more profits for Aurora.

It may well be that LW didn’t have sufficient “incentive” to collect on the County’s debts. Well, Aurora has NO incentive—NONE (other than public opinion). How much more will they get after six months of letting the bills pile up? I don’t think that Blaine Young will tell you and, now that the Board of Trustees is gone, Aurora doesn’t have to.



So here comes Marschner once again telling the public what a great deal he has for us and the old folks and that the money is already flowing before aurora walks in the door, isn't that just extra special...this is the same bloke who has been telling the public that we are NOT on the hook to pay back the debt associated with the garbage incinerator; qouted in this paper and on blaine young's radio show saying just that ( you can check this out in the WFMD archive files and even make a copy of it if you like), of course had this "special projects" fella taken the time to read page 11 of the Energy Recovery Agreement ( yep just one page) he would have known that what he is saying for public consumption is a how does that make you feel about what he is now saying about Montvue et al...maybe its time to put him out to pasture and get someone to oversee these things that at least can pass a reading comprehension test and tell the public the TRUTH


what I have never seen an answer to is this- it has been reported that there has been turnover in the business office . And that they are behind in billing as well as not billing for the correct Medicare reimbursement. So if this is true, why not hire medical billing specialist(s) to correct the A/R situation? I am sure qualified individuals could be found right here in Frederick especially with the continued unemployment situation. Why not try to bring in the insurance money even if it didn't erase the deficit, it surely would help it. Try that first for say 6 months before making such a huge change. Not clear what happens now if Aurora brings in funds does it belong to them? spilt with the county? Shame the obvious decision to clean up A/R wasn't taken before just "giving up".


Catherine, you are correct, however, that would have made way too much SENSE.
Good suggestion anyway![thumbup]


Those agains the sale , giving money or just more baloney.These against the sale are they spenders of our taxes,not their money I bet.




If faux president is going to comment on each and every article in this paper could someone PLEASE give him some literacy training?

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