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County extends care home contracts and adds the mentally ill
April 22, 2014, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

The private operator that saved a county-run Burlingame care home from shuttering two years ago is stepping in to keep up to four dozen mentally ill clients housed at their current long-term facility after purchasing it out of bankruptcy.

The new deal between San Mateo County’s Health System and operator Brius LLC gives the county exclusive use of all 48 beds at Millbrae Manor, where 40 patients are currently housed on a county contract, without any greater cost while also renegotiating the agreement made to manage and lease Burlingame Long Term Care Center.

The arrangement, which comes up for formal supervisor approval at Tuesday morning’s board meeting, will save the Health System approximately $312,000 annually for its Millbrae Manor contract and $4 million each year of the extended contract for BLTC.

San Mateo County took over the troubled facility on Trousdale Drive in 2003 at the request of the California Department of Health Services and operated it until losses proved too much. Brius, LLC took over the 281-bed Burlingame center in 2012 after the county planned its closure to save $9 million. The arrangement saved the local skilled nursing beds, hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars. Brius is operating on the county’s lease while transitioning into a stand-alone care home. Brius also committed to investing a minimum of $3.5 million in building renovations.

Since the takeover, external auditors rate the quality of care better than when the county directly managed the facility and patients move smoothly there from San Mateo Medical Center, Health System Chief Jean Fraser stated in a board memo.

The county also contracts with Millbrae Manor, an assisted living center on Hemlock Avenue, for $26,000 monthly — a rate determined by the more intensive institutional-level care needed for the mentally ill clients — but the facility went bankrupt. After Brius purchased Millbrae Manor, the county negotiated a new five-year agreement until September 2020 and will put off, by a year, a loan made to Brius at the interest rate of 3 percent per year. Brius will dedicate all the beds at Millbrae Manor to the county through September 2020 as part of the agreement, freeing the county from the $26,000 monthly cost.

The Board of Supervisors meets 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 22 in Board Chambers, 400 County Government Center, Redwood City.

michelle@smdailyjournal.com

(650) 344-5200 ext. 102

 

 

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