Dr. Stuart Shapiro, President of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association, has stated that privatization has, in virtually all cases, improved the quality of care for residents. This is because private sector companies can afford to make capital improvements, unlike cash-strapped counties.
Northampton County's nursing home, Gracedale, post-referendum, is now rated by Medicare at just two stars, which is "below average" and lower than the "average" rating it had pre-referendum,. Inspections reveal that the facility has failed to ensure that doctor's orders are followed; has failed to notify doctors of adverse changes in residents' medical conditions; ad has failed to resolve some resident grievances. I will acknowledge that Gracedale staff really do care about the residents and will often volunteer their own time and money to make their lives more comfortable. I saw that myself last year during Family Fest.
In contrast to Gracedale, Lehigh County nursing home Cedarbrook has a rating of four stars, which is "above average."
Updated 9:40 AM: A private buyer was selected in Blair County yesterday.