Rally scheduled to oppose sale of Valley View

HOLLIDAYSBURG – Supporters of Valley View Home remaining a county-owned nursing facility are planning a demonstration and rally for this afternoon.

Commissioners Terry Tomassetti and Diane Meling, who agreed last week to consider proposals from five bidders to buy the home, said Tuesday that all five proposals remain under consideration.

“I have not removed anyone from consideration,” Tomassetti said.

The entities submitting negotiable bids were: TL Management LLC, Brooklyn, N.Y., $16.1 million; Reliant Senior Care Management Inc., Philadelphia, $14.2 million; Altitude Health Services Inc., Evanston, Ill., $14.2 million; Nationwide HC Services LLC, Brick, N.J., $13.5 million; and Complete HC Resources, Dresher, Pa., $12.55 million.

The home’s employees, represented by the Service Employees International Union, have opposed a potential sale since October when commissioners revealed their interest in exploring the option.

“Whoever wants to stand with us and join us is welcome,” certified nurse’s aide Sharon Pope said Tuesday.

The demonstration is expected to begin around noon on the driveway leading to the home, followed by the rally at 3:15 p.m., she said.

Tomassetti, who supports the proposed sale, said the demonstration will not affect his position because continued ownership presents the county with significant financial risk. The home’s operation, he said, accounts for one-third of the county’s $30 unfunded pension liability.

“[Selling] is the reasoned approach to a problem that faces us,” he said.

Altoona Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 946-7456.