Rainycrest still eyeing privatization

The board of directors of Rainycrest Home for the Aged here is considering offers to transfer all or part of the facility’s operation to the private sector in a bid to control costs to district municipalities.
The issue was discussed at the general meeting of the Rainy River District Municipal Association here Tuesday night.
Rainycrest administrator Jill Colquhoun informed the meeting that at the current rate, Rainycrest will accumulate a debt of more than half-a-million dollars by the end of the year.
The higher costs partly are the result of the elimination of 15 interim beds in 2003. Colquhoun also noted the operating costs at Rainycrest are the among the highest in the province, with labour being chief among those.
She also identified these costs as a major concern to prospective private-sector interests.
Another option being considered is a form of partnership or amalgamation with an existing health care facility, such as Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc.
In the meantime, negotiations with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are continuing, with the goal of having a new ownership structure in place by Jan. 1.