DUNKIRK – Chautauqua County has completed the sale of the Chautauqua County Home to VestraCare. The sale was finalized on the final day of 2014.
The Chautauqua County Home in Dunkirk was a 216-bed skilled nursing facility specializing in rehabilitation and long term health care. It was owned and operated by Chautauqua County since 1960 and in the past few years its operations were reviewed by the County and the Center for Governmental Research in an effort to find ways to save money for county taxpayers.
VestraCare first showed interest in buying the facility from the County in August 2013. Although its first offer to purchase the County Home was voted down by the County Legislature in October 2013, its second offer of $16 million was approved by the legislature in February 2014.
The contract signed between Chautauqua County and VestraCare will give preferred admission to county residents and give current residents the right to remain. VestraCare also agreed to interview all current employees who filed an application and passed a background check, and it is expected that the majority of current employees will continue to work for VestraCare. The facility will now operate as the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.