Pine Crest Nursing Home

Lincoln County hiring broker to sell Pine Crest Nursing home; but some residents are livid

Pine Crest Nursing Home protest

Lincoln County officials opened bids from brokers interested in helping the county sell Pine Crest Nursing Home. But a group of residents is not happy about the county’s decision to sell the building. 

Lincoln County officials last week opened three bids — from Evans Senior Investment, SVN International and Marcus Millichap — firms that could help broker the sale. Marcus Millichap seemed to offer the best deal – bids were bad on the basis of commission, not a direct price, and Millichap offered the lowest percentage at 3% commission. 

But, the bids are more complicated than that, officials said. They’ll have to be examined in detail to understand all the nuances. 

The Lincoln County Board in May voted to start a search for a broker to sell the nursing home in the wake of years of financial losses.

Not everyone is happy about the sale. About two dozen residents, some residents of Pine Crest Nursing Home itself, gathered last week in the county’s main headquarters. Many held up signs featuring petition pages.

One 94-year-old resident told the press and county officials gathered that the nursing home helped take care of his wife in her final years, which included dementia. He hoped to continue to receive the nursing home’s care into his final years. 

Those gathered, which included County Board Member Elizabeth McCrank who had tried to introduce a resolution to get the sale on the ballot as a referendum, handed in more than 650 signatures asking the county not to sell the nursing home. 

Lincoln County Board Chair Don Friske said he appreciated the petition signatures delivered to the county.