by Jonathan Weaver
Though a particular company was not selected, Armstrong County Commissioners agreed yesterday morning to indeed sell the Armstrong County Health Center in Kittanning.
Commissioner Chair Pat Fabian received a motion by George Skamai and a second by Jason Renshaw to sell the facility “due to continued financial losses.”
A research committee – made up of the three County Commissioners, Executive Director of Administration Dan Lucovich, Assistant Director of Administration Jennifer Long, two union employees, current Armstrong County Health Center Administrator Tom Parsons and a retired business individual that was involved in the nursing homes at Sugar Creek Rest in Worthington – toured a Butler County nursing home at the end of November and a personal care home in Philadelphia during the first full week of December. Both facilities are owned by the lone two bidders
“We toured two facilities in the Philadelphia area; we’ve conducted follow-up interviews and had some discussion as a committee. The Board of Commissioners through that process (came) to a determination to sell the county health center,” Fabian said. “Still looking at a couple different paths at this point.”
Skamai reiterated that committee members will continue to analyze bids “from two very qualified bidders” for the downtown Kittanning facility. Even more bidders expressed interest following the public bid opening.
“We just formalized the decision to move forward in that direction, considering one of about three or four paths,” Skamai said.
Of the many details Director of Administration Jennifer Long mentioned, she also added that administrators decreased the allocation for the Armstrong County in 2017 and “right-sized” many departments.
Health Center Administrator Tom Parsons denied a request for comment after the meeting adjourned.
At the beginning of November, commissioners witnessed the opening of two bids at their public meeting. Premier Healthcare Management, of Philadelphia, submitted a purchase price of $5.75 million and Center Management Group, of Inwood, New York, submitted a bid of $5.6 million.