DuPage County Board Receives Convalescent Center Report

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Contact Information: Joan Olson (630) 407-6015

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

DuPage County Board Receives Convalescent Center Report
On Tuesday, DuPage County Board members heard a presentation from the Center for Governmental Research (CGR) on the group’s study of the DuPage Convalescent Center. The study outlines the financial landscape influencing operation and funding for the Convalescent Center. CGR Principal Don Pryor identified several options developed to assist in planning for the Center’s future.

In August 2015, the Board approved a contract with CGR to conduct a study, and to identify alternatives regarding the financial sustainability and management of the DuPage Convalescent Center both in the short run, and for the foreseeable future. The goal was to provide an objective, third-party perspective as the County considers the best way to run the Center given an increasing need for services and reduced reimbursement patterns for funding long-term care for eligible seniors and adults with disabilities.

“The Convalescent Center’s mission is extremely important to DuPage County. This is a safety-net service that we view as critical. So, it is important for us to know we’re doing everything we can to optimize our resources as we plan for the Center’s next 100 years,” said DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin. “Getting an objective, third-party view of the Center’s operation and some viable options is part of our due diligence as we plan for the future in a rapidly-changing healthcare climate.”

Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Bob Larsen said, “Now the work really begins for those of us developing a long-term strategy for the operation of the Convalescent Center. And the conversation continues between the Board and the community, staff and residents as we work together developing this plan.” Larsen continued, “I’m grateful to Don and CGR for their diligence. And I’m grateful to our Convalescent Center residents, staff, volunteers and the Foundation Board for their ongoing devotion to our mission.”

At 11:30 a.m. April 5, members of the public are welcome to comment on the study at a special call meeting of the Health and Human Services Committee in the DuPage County Board Room on the third floor of the JTK Administration Building, 421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton.

The full report is now available for community review at www.dupageco.org/convo. Comments may be sent electronically via email at dpccstudy@dupageco.org.