Camden Diocese nursing homes up for sale

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The Diocese of Camden has decided to sell its three nursing homes, including its facility in Pleasantville, according to a statement issued Tuesday, Aug. 26 by Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan.

The affected facilities are Our Lady’s Multi Care Center in Pleasantville, Bishop McCarthy Residence in Vineland and Saint Mary’s Catholic Home in Cherry Hill, including The Manor at Saint Mary’s, a residential health care facility.

Our Lady’s Multi Care Center in Pleasantville is located at 1100 Clematis Ave.

Sale proceeds will allow the diocese to transform its health care ministry to the poor and frail elderly through parish-based programs, the bishop said.

These programs will also assist families with a wide range of other health related issues, such as autism, care for the homebound and the dying.

 “We are not only seeking ways to change the way we minister to the elderly, but also to expand the health-care ministry of the church,” Bishop Sullivan said.  “While our commitment to ministry to the elderly continues, we need to be creative in finding new means to support that work, for the current nursing-home model cannot be sustained.  Furthermore, we want to see a health care ministry that meets the many needs that parents encounter concerning both their young children and their own aging parents.”

The diocese has formed a committee to examine how it ministers to those groups.

The committee, comprised of physicians, attorneys, clergy, administrators of health care institutions and finance experts, looked at how Medicaid-managed care is expected to place further financial stress on the homes as government programs continue to divert seniors from nursing facilities to home and community-based services, the diocese said in a release.

Nursing home occupancy continues to decrease in New Jersey.

Last year, insufficient Medicaid reimbursement to the nursing homes created a shortfall of $6 million.

Bishop Sullivan said the diocese will ask prospective buyers to maintain the Catholic identity of the nursing homes, including allowing for religious services and compliance with the Church’s moral teachings on medical ethics and end-of-life care.

Buyers will be required to allow current residents to remain in the homes.

The diocese will also ask any new buyers to maintain the current staff.

The consulting firm Raymond James will manage the sale.

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