Friday, September 27, 2013

Smooth transition predicted at Blaine Manor

Safe Haven Health Care to take over facility on Tuesday

Express Staff Writer

    With Safe Haven Health Care poised to take over management of the Blaine Manor nursing home in Hailey on Tuesday, both outgoing Administrator Stephanie Jaskowski and incoming Administrator Jerri Herrera are predicting a smooth transition.
    “Our plan is to continue with the quality of care that’s been provided at Blaine Manor with as few changes as possible,” Herrera said. “We don’t want to change things that don’t need changing.”

Our plan is to continue with the quality of care
that’s been provided at Blaine Manor.”

Jerri Herrera
New facility administrator

    Beginning Tuesday, the facility will be called Bell Mountain Village and Care Center.
    Under an agreement with Blaine County, Pocatello-based Safe Haven will lease the Blaine Manor building at no cost for a year until the company opens its new 80-bed facility now under construction in Bellevue. At that time, skilled nursing will be included there with assisted- and independent-living quarters, and the Blaine Manor building will probably be sold.
    Herrera said she worked for Valley Vista Care Center in St. Maries, Idaho, for 21 years before recently being hired by Safe Haven to take the position in Hailey. She began work at Blaine Manor on Sept. 5 to learn about operations there.
    “Every facility thinks a little bit differently,” she said.
    Jaskowski said the two of them have been working together to make the transition as smooth as possible. Herrera said their goal is to ease any anxieties of the staff, the residents and the residents’ families.
    Jaskowski said most of the 40 or so employees will be staying on, though a few of the administration staff members, including her, will be leaving. She said she will be staying for a few months after the transition to wrap up financial matters, including reports to Medicaid and Medicare, and will then be “looking for new opportunities” in the area.
    Herrera said she had never been to the Wood River Valley before this summer, but she’s looking forward to living in Hailey.
    “Everybody’s been very welcoming here,” she said.
    Asked what she’d like to tell Idaho Mountain Express readers, Herrera said, “Have faith in us. We’re here to do the right thing and provide quality care.”
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