Friendship Ridge, the county-owned nursing home in Beaver County, is eliminating over 100 jobs after a contract was approved last month by employees.
According to an article on BizJournals.com, the positions being cut include registered nurses and restorative nurses. Positions in maintenance, dietary, the hair salon, and recreation specialists will also be cut.
Comprehensive Healthcare Management Services LLC, a company out of Lawrence, NY, is purchasing the facility from Beaver County. The jobs were sacrificed in order to reach a contract with the new owners. The union that represents many of Friendship Ridge’s workers, SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, expressed their concern about the loss of jobs. In the article, they are quoted as saying, “While we were pleased to achieve a contract with the new owners that protects family-sustaining jobs, the elimination of so many positions is upsetting and unsettling. We have spent the last year advocating for our residents and working to make sure that they would continue to receive the high quality care and service they have always known.”
With so many Pennsylvania counties surrendering their county-run nursing homes to private companies, the concern is always making sure residents receive the same level of care when the sale is completed. We hope for the best with this transition at Friendship Ridge.