McCOOK, Nebraska -- Red Willow County, Nebraska, commissioners finished the paperwork Monday morning that sells for $250,000 the 20 Medicare/Medicaid bed licenses that the county-owned Hillcrest Nursing Home no longer needs.
Hillcrest administrator Colinda Nappa told commissioners during their weekly meeting that she planned to send signed documents electronically yet Monday, and expected a check for $250,000 to be Fed-Exed to her the same day.
Nappa said that on Wednesday, Nov. 14, the signed purchase agreement and transfer agreement were in the Lincoln office of Nebraska Health and Human Services, which licenses and regulates nursing home facility bed space certified for Medicare and Medicaid patients.
The supplement to the transfer agreement that commissioners authorized, and that commission chairman Earl McNutt signed Monday, fills in the date -- Nov. 19 -- that the actual transfer of the licenses takes place, Nappa told commissioners.
Hillcrest is selling its extra bed licenses to SNF (Skilled Nursing Facility) Omaha Operating Co. LLC of Delaware, which has a license to do business in Nebraska and is building a new nursing home facility in Douglas County.
Red Willow County Attorney Paul Wood explained at a commissioners' meeting Nov. 5 that according to Nebraska law, there is a moratorium on the number of nursing home bed licenses in the state, although a licensed facility may increase its number of bed licenses by 10 percent every two years.
Nappa said during that meeting that Hillcrest is licensed by the state for 120 residents, but, after remodeling, it has the physical floor space for 100 residents. She said that Hillcrest has continued to pay the license fee on those additional 20 bed licenses, but now the room space for 120 residents is no longer physically available.
Hillcrest has 91 residents.
Nappa said that the actual, physical beds -- the bed frames, mattresses, etc. -- that Hillcrest would no longer need after its most recent remodeling to 100 residents were sold during the last fiscal year to "Sunrise Heights," the former Heritage of Wauneta nursing home that the community of Wauneta purchased from Vetter Health Services of Elkhorn and re-opened under its new name in October 2012.