Source: Robert Brum, Lohud.com, December 22, 2015
… The last residents of the facility Rockland County has operated since 1974 left last week as it prepares to close by Dec. 31. For the past two and a half months I’ve watched as County Executive Ed Day, the Rockland Legislature and the prospective buyer, Shalom Braunstein of Sympaticare, feuded over the demise of an institution families praised for its staff, spacious rooms and high level of care.… But the fate of the sale may have been sealed back in April 2014, when the front-runner to buy Summit Park walked away because of lawsuits filed by a competitor and the CSEA. The competitor, Northern Services Group, also sought to have a rabbinical court intervene.
CSEA sues to block Summit Park closing
Source: Robert Brum, lohud.com, November 13, 2015
The union representing workers at the Summit Park Hospital and Nursing Care Center has filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of Rockland County Executive Ed Day’s efforts to close the ailing facility by Dec. 31. The suit accuses Day of violating the County Charter by moving ahead without approval from the county Legislature. By announcing the impending closure Day is lessening the facility’s value, according to legal papers. It also claims the County Charter would have to be amended to allow the Legislature to close the facility — something it says can only be done through a public referendum. … Summit Park is proceeding toward shutdown under a state-approved closure plan after a private buyer backed out of a $32 million sale at the last minute. Subsequent efforts to restart negotiations collapsed between the buyer — Sympaticare — and the local development corporation handling the sale. …
Summit Park buyer asks lawmakers to get him more time
Source: Robert Brum, lohud.com, October 8, 2015
The man who pulled out of the $32 million deal to buy the Summit Park Hospital and Nursing Care Center told Rockland lawmakers on Wednesday night to step in to give him more time to continue negotiating. … Braunstein said before Wednesday’s meeting of the Rockland County Legislature that his company, Sympaticare, was ready to take over Summit Park’s operations pending the sale “so the county stops the bleeding.” He said such an arrangement, which he called a receivership, would need state Department of Health approval but had been done elsewhere in New York. … Braunstein canceled the deal just hours before he was supposed to have closed on the sale, citing ongoing litigation and claiming the county had not given him what he needed for Sympaticare to take over the ailing facility by Sept. 30. He also said the county had not maintained the facility during the sale process. … The county said it cooperated fully with Braunstein and said Summit Park’s operations remained essentially the same. Day has placed blame for the deal’s collapse squarely on Braunstein, who Day said had more than a year to prepare for the purchase. The county is awaiting approval from the state health board for its closure plan.
Rockland’s Summit Park deal falls through
Source: Robert Brum, lohud.com, October 1, 2015
The sale of Rockland’s troubled Summit Park Hospital and Nursing Care Center, considered crucial to the county’s financial turnaround, fell through at the 11th hour and officials said they intend to close the property at the end of the year. County Executive Ed Day said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon that the planned private buyer, Sympaticare LLC, informed the county Tuesday night that it was terminating the $32 million deal. … A total of 432 positions were set to be abolished at Summit Park, including clerical staff, nurses, pharmacists and physical therapists. Some had been interviewed by Sympaticare about staying with the facility, while others had the possibility of moving into other county positions.
Rockland Lawmakers Take Steps to Protect Summit Park Workers
Source: Baruch Horowitz, Monsey, September 20, 2015
Rockland County Legislators announced they are taking action to protect county workers, patients and residents at Summit Park Hospital And Nursing Care Center, approving several measures designed to help county workers who face layoffs once the center is sold. … A total of 458 people will be affected by the pending sale, including more than 250 who are eligible for retirement, county Personnel Commissioner Joan Silvestri told Legislators Wednesday. … Civil Service rules require positions to be abolished before the process of workforce reduction can occur. Part of the process includes providing information to workers about their possible benefits, including details about pensions, health care and other county job opportunities. Workers have been in a state of limbo not knowing when their jobs might be eliminated as the Rockland County Health Facilities Corp., the local development corporation handling the $32 million deal, works to close the pending sale of Summit Park Hospital, a 57 bed Long Term Acute Care Hospital, and Summit Park Nursing Care Center, a 321-bed nursing care facility with a premier Alzheimer’s Unit. …
As Summit Park hospital sale nears, Rockland workers await word on jobs
Source: Robert Brum, lohud.com, August 28, 2015
Many of the employees, including clerical staff, nurses, pharmacists and physical therapists, are waiting to learn whether they’ll be hired by the Ramapo hospital’s new owner. About 38 workers have “bumping” rights to positions in other county departments, and others likely will opt for retirement. The Rockland County Legislature on Tuesday night could discuss a resolution to abolish a total of 432 positions, most of them represented by the CSEA.
Preliminary audits: County in the black, Summit Park less in the red
Source: Michael Riconda, Rockland Times, August 27, 2015
…At the same time, losses sustained by the facility appear to be diminishing. According to the audit, the facility lost $7.2 million in 2014, down from a $16 million loss in 2013 and a $27 million loss in 2012. The major reason for this appears to be intergovernmental transfer revenue (IGT), money from the state which spiked revenues. … Summit Park’s Hospital and nursing care center have cleared almost all regulatory hurdles for sale, including lawsuits from the Civil Service Employees Association and Northern Services Group, a failed bidder for the facility. According to DeGroat, the county is ready to close the book on the facility and it is expected that the lease will be transferred to Sympaticare sometime within the next year.