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By MICHAEL P. RELLAHAN
The third in a series of public meetings hosted by the Chester County commissioners to discuss the future of the county-owned Pocopson Home will be held in Oxford in two weeks.
The commissioners have held two sessions thus far, which have been attended by hundreds of people interested in whether the county would sell the home for seniors and adults with long term health care needs, or change its management structure in some way.
Most of those who have attended the meetings have argued against any changes in the ownership of the home.
The next meeting will be held at the Penn’s Grove Middle School on South First Avenue in Oxford at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12. The commissioners have tried to spread the meetings throughout the county geographically to give those interested a chance to attend. Previous meetings were held at Downingtown East High School in Uwchlan and the county commissioner’s board room in West Chester.
With state and federal reimbursements projected to decline, and operating and capital costs continuing to grow, in 2010 the commissioners ordered a review of Pocopson and its possible future. The project has been completed by Premier Health Resources of King of Prussia.
The report identifies three possible alternatives to keeping the home in public hands and continuing its current management operation. The first is to transfer the home to a county-run non-profit organization; the second to lease it to a private operator; and the last to sell the home outright to a private operator.
Pocopson Home is Chester County’s long-term health care complex, offering care for adults of all ages as well as professional medical, nursing and rehabilitation services. The 275-bed facility is certified by both the Medicare and Medicaid programs and private-paying residents are also accepted for admission at the home. IT has been open since 1951.
Those attending the hearing will be given a chance to comment on the matter after a presentation by Premier executives.