York County commissioners hold first meeting on nursing home sale

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) — York County commissioners listened to hundreds of concerned residents at a packed meeting Tuesday night. Many people attending asked the commissioners to reconsider a plan to sell the county-owned Pleasant Acres Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Brenda Disla works at the nursing home and wanted the commissioners to know how much her job means to her.

“I wake up every day wanting not to go to work, but wanting to go to my passion,” Disla said.

Cindy Price’s mother lives at Pleasant Acres. She’s concerned for her mother’s future if the center is privatized.

“We never wanted to put her in a nursing home, and we thought long and hard to keep her home, but it was the best place for her to be,” Price said.

Oinka Ritter works at Pleasant Acres. She’s worried about the residents and her colleagues.

“We can’t keep a nursing home, but you can keep everything you have? You sleep at night. We don’t know where our residents are going. We don’t know where we’re going,” Ritter said.

Commissioner Chris Reilly says the board will reconsider the sale under one condition: finding a solution to the home’s financial problems. He says the home has cost taxpayers $75 million over the past 10 years.

“This has been a problem since I became a commissioner in 1996. In 1996, the home was making a million dollars a year. Eighteen years later, now we’re $13 million in the hole,” Reilly said.

Two more public meetings on the future of Pleasant Acres will be held at the York County Office of Emergency Management on March 7 and March 27.Both meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.

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