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Firm addressing concerns over Hyde Park nursing home

As president and chief executive of Videll Healthcare LLC, I would like to provide additional perspective on Yvonne Abraham’s Jan. 19 Metro column (“The future of elder care?”), in which I was quoted.

Park Place Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center in Hyde Park, despite fiscal challenges Abraham cited that included nonpayment of claims by the federal government for more than nine months, currently carries a five-star rating (out of five) both overall and in the quality category on the Medicare.gov Nursing Home Compare tool.

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Moreover, while the state had raised concerns relating to our fiscal issues, we have addressed or are addressing each and every one of those concerns as part of a detailed plan of correction that has been submitted. We are hopeful that these actions will enable the state once again to allow new admissions to our facility and enable us to exceed the expectations of the families we serve and our community.

We knew what we were getting into when we took over operations at Park Place. The physical plant is several decades old, and the home has a high mix of very frail elders covered by government programs such as Medicaid. If we were chasing a bottom line, there are surely better investments. We do what we do because the people in our company have collectively spent many decades caring for seniors and providing dignity and quality of life for them.

Steve LaForte

Seattle

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