Thompson Health halts plan to aid county-run nursing home

By WILL ASTOR - 10/15/2012 3:34:48 PM

Thompson Health is bowing out of a plan to help Ontario County’s cash-strapped county-run nursing home.

Aided by a grant under the state’s Medicaid reform initiative, Thompson had planned to significantly expand its188-bed M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center to create space to accommodate current residents of the Ontario County Health Facility. Both long-term care facilities are in Canandaigua. 

Because the state grant money, the Medicaid rate the state planned to pay for residents at the expanded Thompson nursing home, and support from Ontario County would be less than initially expected, Thompson’s board and senior administrators concluded the partnership’s numbers would not add up, however, Thompson president and CEO Michael Stapleton said Monday.

The M.M. Ewing expansion plan relied on the expectation of a $25 million state grant, but the state ultimately promised $15 million. Instead of saving the county home, attempting the project with reduced funding would have put Thompson’s long-term-care operation in the red to the tune of several million dollars a year, Stapleton said. 
“As much as we wanted this to work, and as much as we tried to make it work, this proposition is simply not financially viable for our non-profit health system,” he said. “It would be doing a disservice to our community to move forward on a path that could detract from our focus on providing the highest quality of care to all segments of the population we serve.”  

Thompson is investigating options that could provide the community with senior living services that meet the changing needs of its aging population, Stapleton added. 
(c) 2012 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail