Category Archives: Nursing Home

Our area nursing homes are failing their patients

September 1, 2022

Ever since the Champaign County Board sold the county’s nursing home in 2018, the quality and options for skilled nursing care and rehab in Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs; also known as “nursing homes”) in Champaign County has declined steadily.
 
CCHCC strenuously opposed the sale of the Champaign County Nursing Home for exactly this reason. We opposed the sale of the County Nursing Home on principle, because our research showed that county nursing homes provide higher quality of care because they have better staffing ratios since they are not trying to make a profit, and we also opposed the sale to the particular buyer that the brokers found for the county (the Rothners), because of the horrendous track record of their nursing homes.
 
Not only does our county have fewer nursing homes as a result of the sale of the county nursing home, and therefore fewer beds, to help care for an increasing aging population and those who need rehabilitation following a hospital stay – the nursing homes that remain are now severely understaffed.
 
Understaffing of nursing homes has a direct impact on patient care. And while many might think that the understaffing is a result of the pandemic, the truth is that understaffing in our area nursing homes is not simply caused by the pandemic. Understaffing of nursing homes is often a business model for the for-profit nursing home companies.
 
A recent story on WCIA-TV shows an all-too-common nursing home horror story. This story features Lisa Dixon, who is the co-chair of the CCHCC Board of Directors, and her sister-in-law, Lori Dixon (she has end-stage MS), who was a patient at Savoy’s CU Nursing and Rehab facility. Check out the reporting by WCIA’s Renee Cooper.
 
This story is all too common, and it is happening to too many of our community members. And the actual situation was far worse than what the news story was able to cover.
 
What happened to the nursing homes in our community? Champaign County used to have a few more nursing homes than we have now.

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Who will really own the Champaign County Nursing Home?

October 30, 2018

Who will really own the Champaign County Nursing Home (CCNH) after the County Board voted to sell it? Have you ever heard of Atied Associates, LLC? Did you know that Atied Associates, LLC owns a bunch of nursing homes in IL that are rated as having below average or much below average staffing levels?

As it turns out, CCHCC has uncovered the fact that Atied Associates, LLC will be a 50% owner of CCNH, along with William “Avi” Rothner, if the sale of CCNH is approved by the state.

CCHCC held a press conference yesterday to inform the community about this development in the sale of the CCNH. Please see below for more information about what we uncovered and to see the media coverage from yesterday.

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What you need to know about tomorrow’s Public Hearing on the Sale of our Nursing Home

There will be a Public Hearing on the sale of the Champaign County Nursing Home (CCNH) tomorrow – Thursday, September 13, 2018 – at the Hyatt Place hotel in downtown Champaign.

Location: The Hyatt Place hotel is located at 217 N. Neil Street, on the southwest corner of Neil Street and Church Street in downtown Champaign. Free parking is available in the attached garage, which you can enter from Church Street.

Times for Hearing: The Public Hearing will have two sessions in order to accommodate people’s schedules: from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

We encourage everyone who is concerned about the sale of the CCNH to William “Avi” Rothner and his companies to attend this Public Hearing, even if you do not plan to give testimony.

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A brief message about last night’s County Board Meeting and the vote to sell CCNH to Rothner

May 25, 2018

Last night, the Champaign County Board voted 15 to 6 to sell the Champaign County Nursing Home (CCNH) to the Rothner-owned Extended Care Clinical, LLC and Altitude Health, Inc. companies who put in a joint bid to purchase the CCNH.

There is more work to be done, and the work to protect quality of care and jobs at CCNH will be ongoing. But we will address that later, in the days to come. For now, we just want to express our gratitude to you for your advocacy efforts, and share information about last night’s County Board Meeting.

On behalf of CCHCC, I want to thank all of you for your advocacy work – I thank you for your vigilance, your phone calls and emails to your elected representatives on the County Board, your statements at County Board meetings, and your dedication to protect the CCNH as a community asset that belongs to all of us.

There were about 130 people in attendance at the meeting, and about 20 people spoke during public participation, for and against the sale of CCNH.

Ultimately, it was a heartbreaking outcome.

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