Fred Mogul, Reporter, WNYC News
Fred Mogul has been covering healthcare and medicine for WNYC since 2002.
A Manhattan nursing home slated to be shuttered following the sale of its building announced Tuesday it was hoping to strike a deal with a Brooklyn facility to take some of its patients – and save some of the nearly 300 jobs that would be lost in the closure.
The Cabrini Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation has leased its current home in the East Village for 20 years, but last year the owners of the building sold it to a real estate developer for $25 million.
The nursing home said it is currently negotiating with the Department of Health to sell 117 of the beds to a facility in Boro Park, Brooklyn. The move would allow many of the 181 current long-term residents to stay together — and would also help save some of the nearly 300 jobs that would be lost in the closure.
Cabrini is also applying for help from the state to pay off debts associated with closing. It needs $7 million to cover unemployment insurance, severance pay and pension obligations. Without state assistance, Cabrini will have to liquidate through bankruptcy court, according to spokeswoman Lorraine Horgan.
Cabrini "has a healthy bottom line" but does not have nearly enough in reserves to cover the closure costs, Horgan said.
"We always operated as a lean organization," she said. "But we’re a not-for-profit paying rent, and we have vendor contracts and other expenses."
Horgan said that as the sale of the property loomed, Cabrini tried in vain to find another site for the nursing home.
"The archdiocese was willing to give us land to build on the Lower East Side," she said. "But we would've needed four years for construction, and we couldn't extend the lease for that amount of time."