Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Vote for Blaine Manor Sale

On May 22, a vote will be taken to approve or disapprove the sale of Blaine Manor, our local nursing home. If approved, part of the net proceeds will be given to the Croy Canyon Ranch Foundation to be applied towards the construction of a continuing care facility.

Once opened, the Croy Canyon Ranch Retirement Community will be privately funded. This has raised concerns as to what will be the fate of the current residents at Blaine Manor and how will this affect the future care of Blaine County residents. The agreement reached between the Croy Canyon Ranch Foundation and Blaine County has insured that all residents at Blaine Manor, at the time of closing, will be transferred to the new Croy Canyon Ranch Retirement Community. In addition, for at least the next 10 years, there will be 16 beds available to Medicaid eligible patients.

I am writing on behalf of the Blaine Manor Auxiliary. This organization has been in existence for at least 20 years. We are a group of volunteers who raise money for Blaine Manor to improve the quality of life and comfort for the residents. Our purchases have included refurbishing the building, decorations, entertainment, and medical equipment and supplies as needed. What happens when Blaine Manor closes is of utmost importance to us.

There are no plans to build a new Nursing Home in Blaine County. Without the Croy Canyon Ranch Retirement Community, the only alternative is to place our loved ones in facilities located some distance away. That means Shoshone, Twin Falls or further.

We urge you to vote on May 22, and to vote "yes." Thank you,

Patricia A. Williams

President, Blaine Manor Auxiliary

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