39 Jobs Cut At Vermilion County Nursing Home
Thirty-nine people at the Vermilion Manor Nursing Home located west of Tilton are losing their jobs.
Vermilion County Assistant State’s Attorney Bill Donahue confirmed the announcement Thursday shortly after the nursing home was sold to a private equity firm for $3.4 million.
Premier HealthCare Management, which is partnering with FNR Healthcare Group, is now overseeing Vermilion Manor. Donahue said Premier did an assessment of the nursing home’s operations, and determined that it could stand to lose those employees.
“No one’s pleased when people are not employed because in this community we need employment,” he said. “We’re hopeful that’ll change over time as the resident population grows.”
Donahue said people losing their jobs have been notified, while around 130 existing nursing home jobs are still in place.
The Vermilion County Board sold the nursing home after struggling to maintain it.
A call seeking comment from the owner of Premier Healthcare Management was not returned.
The chairman of the Vermilion County Board says a presentation from a potential management agency is just one option they're exploring for the beleaguered Vermilion Manor Nursing Home. Jim McMahon says the county might also explore leasing or even selling the facility. But on Tuesday night, officials with Provena Life Connections will talk about their proposal at the Vermilion County Board meeting in Danville.
McMahon says he's looking for any viable option that can keep the nursing home going, at a time when the state is regularly late in delivering Medicaid and Medicare funding.
"What we're looking for is, how can we keep a county-owned nursing home running with 42% of the income coming from the state of Illinois, and they pay that when they feel like it, " says Durbin.
Provena Life Connections operates facilities and services for the elderly in several cities. In Champaign, they provide both home health services and hospice care.
McMahon says Provena Life Connections could bring additional services to residents at the county-owned nursing home that would help bring in additional organization>
"So a management firm can come in and say, we'll add this type of specialist," says Mamahon, "or they could bring dialysis on location. There's lots of things they can do that we can't as a county-run organization."
McMahon says he was referred to Provena Life Connections by officials at Provena United Samaritan Hospital in Danville.
The Provena Life Connections presentation is scheduled for the Vermilion County Board meeting set for Tuesday, April 17th at 6 PM at the Courthouse Annex in Danville. McMahon says no action will be taken that night, but the proposal will be considered by the county board's Nursing Home Committee on April 24th..