R enee Groesbeck started her new job as Pleasant Valley Infirmary’s administrator Sept. 5, and in no time there was an inspection team from the state Department of Health there with her.
“They followed me through the door,” said Groesbeck, who was previously administrator at Indian River Nursing Home in Granville. “I walked in at 8 a.m., and they were there at 8:30.”
The state inspectors, who had found serious issues at the county-owned facility in Argyle during previous visits, were there for four days and issued a report that was far better than the previous ones, with only very minor violations.
“It’s a tribute to the staff,” Groesbeck said. “I cannot take any credit for it. They did it.”
The positive report allows the facility to begin receiving reimbursement for new Medicare and Medicaid patients after being under state sanction for several months.
“I think we have turned the corner down there,” Granville Supervisor Matt Hicks said “She got there, and the inspectors were there,” said Hicks, who has been very active in the county’s oversight of the facility. “They were there until (Sept. 11), and came out with an excellent inspection.”
“It was a great job by our employees,” Hebron Supervisor Brian Campbell said.
Hartford Supervisor Dana Haff was happy with the outcome
“I am glad that New York state allowed a good inspection to rise up because there is no facility, public or private, that can survive a health inspection unscathed if the inspector’s goal is to dig until they find something,” Haff said.
The county supervisors’ health committee met last week and received a report saying the report was “very complimentary” of Pleasant Valley’s staff.
The 122-bed facility will be able to accept its first new patients in six months as a result of the report.
The negative inspections came in March, and while the sanctions were lifted in July, any new admissions were not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid reimbursements. County officials wanted to wait until they would be eligible before beginning to accept new patients.
County administrator Kevin Hayes oversaw the facility in the month or so before Groesbeck took over and County Attorney Roger Wickes said his work made a great difference there.
The Board of Supervisors meets at 10 a.m. Friday, and there is a strong possibility the board could consider the sale of PVI, along with the sale of its three other public-health programs.
Wickes, who is serving as the spokesman for the county regarding the sales, said he had hoped the sales of PVI and of the county’s public-health nursing agencies could be considered at this meeting.
Centers for Specialty Care of the Bronx is in negotiations for PVI, and HCR Health of Rochester has a bid in for the home care, long-term health care and hospice programs.
Wickes said that because of the Jewish holidays, the process has slowed a bit.
“I think the best we can hope for is to have the materials there for the supervisors to go over, but I do not think they will be able to vote this week.”