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Transfer of nursing home beds subject of July 9 public hearing

Halifax Regional Health System’s proposal to relocate a total of 54 nursing bed homes from the recently-closed South Boston Manor will be the subject of a public hearing on July 9 at town council chambers in South Boston.

The public hearing is set to receive comments on two certificate of public needs requests (COPN) filled by subsidiaries of Halifax Regional Health System, with the public hearing set to begin at 2 p.m.

One Certificate of Public Need Request seeks authorization to relocate/transfer license authority for 36 nursing beds from South Boston Manor to The Woodview, located in South Boston.

The total capital costs of the move are estimated at approximately $3.78 million and would be funded by existing liquid assets of Halifax Regional Health System.

Another Certificate of Public Need Request seeks authorization to relocate/transfer 18 nursing home beds from South Boston Manor to MeadowView Terrace in Clarksville.

The total capital costs of that move are estimated at approximately $2.75 million and would be funded by existing liquid assets of Halifax Regional Health System. 

Each applicant will be given 15 minutes to present its project, and public comments on that project will be limited to three minutes per speaker.

Sign-in sheets will be available after 1:30 p.m.

The Virginia Certificate of Public Need program requires owners and sponsors of identified medical care facility projects to secure a Certificate of Public Need from the State Health Commissioner prior to initiating projects such as nursing facility services.

Criteria used to determine whether a public need exists include the relationship of the project to the long-term health care state plan; the need for enhanced facilities to serve the population of an area; and the extent to which the project is accessible to all residents in the proposed area.

Halifax Regional Health System announced in March its plans to relocate 54 nursing home beds made available by the closing of South Boston Manor.

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

Halifax Regional had entered into an agreement with intent to purchase South Boston Manor, according to Halifax Regional Health System CEO Chris Lumsden, who added due to the size and age of the facility and the state application requirements for relocating nursing home beds, it would not be feasible for the health system to operate it.

At that time, Lumsden said Halifax Regional Health System was 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.