Johnson County is looking for a private partner for a nursing home

OLATHE, Kan. – Johnson County commissioners voted Thursday to seek private proposals to help operate and manage the Johnson County Nursing Center.

This is the latest effort to end taxpayer subsidies while maintaining quality care for seniors.

Commissioners voted to postpone plans to end the county’s annual subsidy to Evergreen Living Innovations, which operates and manages the nursing center.

Instead, the deputy county manager said other long-term care providers have expressed a desire to partner with ELI in exchange for the county’s one-time payment of $25 million to build a new long-term care center.

The county wants the proposal that will expand care to include assisted living and independent living, services more likely to generate revenue to offset Evergreen’s costs to care for most Medicaid residents.

“What we’re trying to do is see if there are proposals that can support not only Evergreen Living’s current activities but also potential other activities that can generate revenue to support Medicaid operations,” said Ed Eilert, Johnson County. chairman of the commission.

Commissioner Charlotte O’Hara said she does not want taxpayers to subsidize expanded services such as independent living and assisted living, which are already available in the private sector.

Evergreen Nursing Home serves about 70 residents today, about two-thirds of whom are on Medicaid.

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