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Halifax Regional to buy nursing facility, but won’t operate it

Halifax Regional Health System has announced its quest to relocate the 54 nursing home beds that may be available after South Boston Manor closes this spring.

South Boston Manor provided public notice Feb. 22 that the facility would be closing, with all residents to be safely relocated by April 23. 

According to Halifax Regional Health System Executive Officer Chris Lumsden, the operator of South Boston Manor has indicated the aging facility, small size and low census all contributed to the closure, and it was no longer financially viable to continue operations.

Since the announcement of its closing, Halifax Regional Health System has said it plans to buy the facility, but it has no plans to operate the existing nursing home.

“Halifax Regional has
entered into an agreement with intent to purchase South Boston Manor,” said Lumsden. “However, due to the size and age of the facility, and the state application requirements for relocating nursing homes beds, it was not feasible for us to operate. Our focus is helping current South Boston Manor residents find accommodations at Halifax Regional Health System facilities wherever possible and then working to eventually relocate the nursing home beds from South Boston Manor to HRHS facilities.” 

Lumsden said Halifax Regional Health System is working through all the proper state-mandated channels to seek approval to relocate some or all of the 54 beds to existing Halifax Regional Health System facilities. This process, which is directed by the state and involves extensive work, will take several months to finalize.

Although it is not a foregone conclusion, the 54 beds will be awarded to Halifax Regional Health System, Lumsden said, adding, “We feel comfortable since they are existing beds, the state will allow us to relocate the beds.”

Halifax Regional Health System currently has two long-term care facilities, The Woodview, including Seasons at The Woodview, in South Boston and MeadowView Terrace in Clarksville. A total of 348 nursing home beds are encompassed in these facilities. 

Lumsden said plans call for moving 36 beds to The Woodview and 18 to MeadowView Terrace in Clarksville.

“We want to keep those beds within the planning district and here in our own region,” Lumsden said. “Hopefully, it will all work out.”

Each of Halifax Regional Health System’s long-term care affiliates focuses on resident-directed and person-centered care and supports resident autonomy, independence and individuality, Lumsden said.