Ulster County's Golden Hill Health Care Center is moving toward privatization to the delight and dismay of many people. As YNN's Elaina Athans tells us, a winning bidder has been picked to purchase the property.
KINGSTON, N.Y. -- Golden Hill is sold and on its way to privatization. A bidder was selected to take over the Ulster County-run facility.
"This is the a very important moment, really a historic moment for Ulster County," said Ulster County Executive Mike Hein. "The residents are going to be cared for, as well as the jobs are going to remain in our communities. So we are very fortunate."
Three doctors teamed up for the purchase and are spending more than $11 million.
"I think this is a great opportunity for us to come in and make some changes to a facility that is really providing excellent care today," said owner Dr. Anthony Bacchi.
The wheels on the sale first started rolling in December 2011. County Executive Mike Hein proposed shutting down Golden Hill in his budget, which was immediately meet with protests. People were concerned it would permanently close or feared the type of care loved ones received could change under new ownership.
Legislator Jeannette Provenzano was among those with worries. That was until she visited another facility run by Golden Hill's new owners.
"From what I witnessed after visiting their Susquehanna site, I felt very comfortable," said Provenzano.
The sale does requires approval from the State Department of Health. The closing process should take about a year. There are plans to expand services too. Things like cardio rehabilitation will be added for the folks that call Golden Hill home.