MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ - A new company has been chosen to run Morris View Healthcare Centre, a 283 bed nursing home and sub-acute rehabilitation facility in Morris Township. In March, a Request for Proposals for the leasing of the 211,277 square foot facility was issued with eight firms responding. The Morris County Improvement Authority (MCIA) has announced that Allaire Healthcare Group of Freehold has been selected as "the company best qualified to lease and run the county's nursing facility.

The company has offered to pay the county $2.7 million annually to lease the facility. Morris County will continue to own Morris View and will monitor the quality of care offered by Allaire, stated officials. Under new management, according to county reports, the lease could result in an initial total annual savings of $4 million to $6 million, and up to $8 million a year by the end of the decade.

The MCIA chose Allaire based on the unanimous recommendations of a special seven-member county panel, which reviewed the eight proposals  based on evaluation criteria approved by the State Comptrollers’ Office. Factors considered by the panel, included financial viability, staffing capabilities, operational practices, and quality control.  Allaire previously purchased and is successfully operating a former Monmouth County nursing facility, which had been owned and managed by county government.

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The Freeholders approved the leasing option last year following an independent study of Morris View. The study by consultant Perselay Associates projected that the tax-supported subsidy to run Morris View would rise from some $7 million incurred in 2016 to $15.5 million annually by 2020.  The study found that a potential leasing option of Morris View to a private nursing home company could be a viable solution to respond to the projected financial issues that are likely to affect Morris View, while also maintaining the high quality of care offered at Morris View.

To ensure the choice of a high quality private health care provider, the freeholders voted to employ the MCIA to handle the RFP process, which could give the county more flexibility in choosing the most qualified respondent, rather than be tied to the highest bidder.

The Board of Freeholders stressed that the facility will maintain the high quality of care now offered to elderly and disabled residents living there.