Well, maybe not quite Hell. But it doesn't sound like
Hunter Management is near the top in terms of quality care.
If you don't care to read the article right now, here's the skinny: Hunter Management is owned by the Rothner Family (remember that name), which owns 45 nursing homes across the region. Of those, 20 have one star Medicare ratings (out of 5). Rothner-owned homes have been fined $780,000 this decade, and "some" -- I don't know how many "some" is -- of the homes have unusually high deficiency ratings.
If you're the cynical sort you won't be surprised to learn that none of our County Commissioners were aware of any of that. Or if they were aware, they hid it from the public. If you aren't the cynical sort, you'll be shocked to discover that the Commissioners' exhaustive "research" into the potential buyer consisted of a quick web search. (For the record, typing a company's name into Google is not
sufficient research when making a decision this big.)
Follow-up reactions from the Commissioners and the company will be interesting.
A rhetorical question: Why didn't local media organizations catch the company's problems? Isn't this the sort of thing their research teams should have caught?