(WBRE/WYOU-TV) On Friday, the Diocese of Scranton announced it is getting out of the long-term healthcare business. Allied Services based in Scranton will purchase two nursing facilities now owned and operated by the diocese. Bishop Joseph Bambera says that decision was not made lightly. The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick has the story.
“Today we are announcing that the Diocese of Scranton will be selling its two long term health care facilities” Noted Bishop Joseph Bambera.
Little Flower Manor in Wilkes-Barre which also includes the St. Therese Residence and St. Luke’s Villa, also in Wilkes-Barre will be sold to Allied Services Integrated Health System based in Scranton.
“Over the last 40 years, the challenge of running a healthcare business has gotten a lot more difficult. From heightened regulations to decreasing reimbursements rate. The healthcare industry has become extremely sophisticated and complicated” Said Bishop Bambera
Allied Services runs all types of healthcare centers across the region.
“The Diocese has a reputation for providing compassion and quality and so does allied services in everything we do” Noted William Conaboy, President and CEO of Allied Services.
The sale process was started in 2015…long before a state grand jury report revealed sex crimes committed by priests throughout Pennsylvania including the Scranton Diocese.
“It is possible that some of the money from the sale could go toward the recently formed independent survivor’s compensation program,” Said Bishop Bambera.
Word of the impending sale stunned some folks like Rosemary Bogumil who has a family member at St. Therese “I’m very upset over it. I’m upset because the nuns will be gone and who knows if they are going to still have massed or not for the residents every day.”
The Diocese of Scranton is not releasing the asking price for the two facilities. The deal should be finalized within the next 90 days.