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Saturday, October 12 2002

 

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Laurel Crest sold

As reported here last week, Conemaugh Health Systems re-entered negotiations with the county commissioners to purchase Laurel Crest, the county-owned nursing and rehabilitation facility located just outside Ebensburg on the Loretto Road. The commissioners announced a unanimous decision this week to accept a bid of $6 million from Conemaugh Health Initiatives Inc., a nonprofit corporation that makes purchases for Conemaugh Health Systems. The county will also retain the rights to $3 million in accounts receivable. Conemaugh will take over the nursing home on January 1, 2003.

As part of the sales agreement, the Johnstown-based organization has agreed to continue taking in indigent patients, maintain at least 350 beds for patients, and to recognize the contract with nurse's aids and dietary workers. Registered nurses and licensed practical nurses will have to negotiate with Conemaugh as their current contract expires December 31. Many Blacklick Valley residents have ties to Laurel Crest either as employer or home to a loved one, so apprehension about the sale is understandable. They, like Commissioner Holtzman, were reluctant to see the facility sold, but were somewhat relieved to have it sold to an organization with strong local ties. Conemaugh pledges to maintain the nursing home at a high standard and, initially, invest $2- to $4 million to upgrade the building, specifically to remodel four-bed rooms to two-bed rooms to increase patient comfort.

More jobs to go

Nearly 18 years ago the garment industry and its jobs left Nanty Glo and since then the industry, as a major employer in Cambria County, has been on a downward trend. Just last year, Bestform Intimates closed plants in Johnstown and Windber with the loss of hundreds of jobs. Now, this week, officials of the company have announced the closing of the Sidman distribution center and cutbacks in jobs at the distribution center in the Richland Township Industrial Park. This move, which Bestform blames on the sagging economy and the need to consolidate distribution points for economic reasons, will mean the loss of at least 300 more jobs.

Good news/bad news

The road up Pergrim Hill is now paved as is Route 271 from Mundys Corner to Park Hill. Unfortunately, Shoemaker Street from Johnson Street to the bottom of Pergrim is rougher than ever. There were delays and detours this week as the work crews dug deep trenches across the road. Although the trenches were filled in each evening, the rough ride remains.

A "Twofer" ~
A solution for road and other rages

Heavenly Father,

Help me remember that the jerk who cut me off in traffic last night is a single mother who worked nine hours that day and was rushing home to cook dinner, help with homework, do the laundry and spend a few precious moments with her children.

Bring to my mind often that the pierced, tattooed, disinterested young man who can't make change correctly at McDonalds is a worried 19-year-old college student, balancing his apprehension over final exams with his fear of not getting his student loans for next semester.

Remind me, Lord, that the scary looking bum, begging for money in the same spot every day (who really ought to get a job!) is a slave to addictions that I can only imagine in my worst nightmare.

Cause me to reflect that the old couple, walking annoyingly slow through the store aisles and blocking our shopping progress are savoring this moment, knowing that, based on the biopsy report she got back last week, this will be the last year that they go shopping together.

Heavenly Father, remind me each day that, of all the gifts you give me, the greatest gift is love. It is not enough to share that love with those I hold dear. Open my heart not just to those who are close to me, but to all humanity. Let me be slow in judgment
and quick with forgiveness
and patience
and empathy
and love.

Amen.

—Sent by Connie Cox

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