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$5,185 needed to meet nursing home goal; village board discusses purchase of home PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 08 March 2012 18:06


Several area residents were present at last week’s special meeting of the Village board to discuss the purchase of Heritage of Wauneta from Vetter Health Services.


By Sheri Hink

The Wauneta Breeze


The extreme generosity from individuals working to save Wauneta’s nursing home has been felt throughout the process. The fundraising success experienced to date would not have been possible without the generosity of current and past Wauneta residents, area businesses, organizations and foundations.

Donations to help save the Wauneta nursing home continue to come in. As of Tuesday morning, a total of $219,815 has been donated to the cause throughout the campaign to save the nursing home.

In the past week two sizable donations—$11,000 from the Wauneta Community Foundation Fund and $10,000 from an area business—have pushed the fundraising effort within tasting distance of it’s goal.

Nursing home organizers are working to raise $225,000 in private donations to help cover a portion of the projected $800,000 needed to purchase the facility and cover initial operating costs including bed licenses and mandated updates to the facility. Only $5,185 is needed to meet the goal.


Village board meeting

The Wauneta Village Board met last Friday for a special meeting to discuss the purchase of the Wauneta nursing home.

Much of the meeting’s business was conducted through executive session but prior to entering into executive session the Village board addressed the crowd of area residents to fill them in on progress made to date on the purchase of Heritage of Wauneta from Vetter Health Services (VHS).

Page Johnston explained that the special meeting of the board was called to discuss several issues surrounding the purchase of Heritage of Wauneta from VHS.

Issues discussed included a formal agreement with VHS on the purchase of the nursing home, purchase of bed licenses for the home, and results of completed nursing home inspections.

The board also discussed finalization of preliminary arrangements with the management company, Rural Health Development (RHD), who will manage the nursing home if purchased by the village.

Johnston explained that the board is very much encouraged by the progress made towards the purchase of the nursing home and that the village board appreciates the very generous donations made by the public to allow for Wauneta’s purchase of the nursing home. He also explained that the board has made progress towards securing a bond needed to purchase the home.

The village board felt it necessary to perform much of their meeting in executive session because most of their discussion entailed looking at details surrounding the purchase of the nursing home real estate.

Prior to the executive session the public was given an opportunity to ask questions of the board. One question asked by attendees focused on the property that is included in the sale of the home from VHS.

It was explained that the purchase contract includes all physical assets except for the vehicles and proprietary software owned by VHS. It was described as a “turn key operation” for the most part.

After returning from executive session the board passed a motion to instruct Richard P. Nelson with Erickson and Sederstrom of Omaha to finalize the purchase contract with VHS. The board also passed a motion to have Nelson pursue the purchase of an adequate number of bed licenses.

The village board explained that the contract to purchase the nursing home from VHS will be open for inspection and examination by the public prior to village board approval.

The board plans to discuss and act on a proposal from Rural Health Development, Inc. (RHD) at the next regular meeting. RHD is the company the village board plans to have manage the nursing home if purchased by the village. RHD president Ron Ross was present at the meeting.

“Rural Health Development is excited about working with the community of Wauneta and looking at running the nursing home. Vetter Health Services has done a great job and is now passing the baton to the community,” says Ross.

He goes on to say, “Wauneta is a great community that has come together to take on this project and we’re excited about the prospect of working with the people of Wauneta.”

The next regular meeting of the Village board will be held on Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. MT. The public is invited to attend village board meetings.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 March 2012 18:17