HOLLIDAYSBURG - No closing date is set for the sale of Valley View Home, but commissioners said Tuesday that they expect the sale to move quickly.
Reliant Senior Care Management Inc. of Philadelphia, selected Tuesday to buy the home, is agreeable to the county's request that all current residents can continue living at Valley View as long as they wish and as long as they are eligible to receive care at a skilled nursing facility.
Commissioners said Reliant agreed to exclude the neighboring soccer fields from the sale, a move expected to keep those grounds leased to Altoona division of the American Youth Soccer Organization.
Reliant also agreed to retain the Parkview Terrace apartments and to pay real estate taxes to the county for a 10-year period, commissioners said.
Reliant, with its last-and-best bid of $16.5 million, outbid three other companies for Blair County's 240-bed nursing home. Additional offers came from TL Managements LLC of Brooklyn, N.Y., at $16.1 million; Complete HC Resources of Dresher, $15.3 million and Nationwide HC Services LLC of Brick, N.J., at $14.25 million.
Based on information posted on its webpage, www.reliantsc.com, the company owns several health care and rehabilitation centers, mostly in western and eastern Pennsylvania communities.
A company representative did not return a phone call to the Mirror.
Commissioner Terry Tomassetti said Tuesday that when he asked company representatives about their interest in Valley View, they told him the purchase would be a way for their rapidly growing company to establish a location in the middle of the state.
"They seem to want to set up a base in this area," Tomassetti said.
Commissioner Diane Meling said she came to a similar conclusion.
Both commissioners praised the company's presentations and its facilities. Tomassetti said he visited Reliant's Orangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center in Columbia County, near Bloomsburg, and Meling said she visited Pembrooke Health and Rehabilitation Center in West Chester in Chester County.
Meling said when Reliant took over Pembrooke, the home was operating with a provisional license, but it now has the highest level Five-star ranking by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Valley View has held a Four-star ranking since January 2011 when county leaders praised employees and Affinity Healthcare Services of Indiana for the achievement.
Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 946-7456.