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Consultants Give Options to Cut Costs at Sunnycrest Manor

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DUBUQUE, Iowa — On Wednesday a consulting firm explained its suggestions of how to save a Dubuque County’s Sunnycrest Manor almost $2 million each year. Sunnycrest’s $10.6 million annual budget has been under scrutiny since county supervisors said the home costs too much to operate. Sunnycrest is a long term skilled nursing facility.

The Health Dimensions Group suggests eliminating some of what they call unnecessary management positions. Cutting those positions could save Sunnycrest $227,000 each year.

County supervisors say they do not want to reduce the number of nurses. H.D.G. instead recommends cutting the number of hours nurses spend doing non-direct care tasks. That’s things like paperwork and scheduling.

The groups says Sunnycrest could save $480,000 each year by outsourcing housekeeping and laundry services. Sunnycrest could save $370,000 per year by outsourcing it’s dietary department.

Health Dimensions says Sunnycrest needs to restructure the way they get Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. But that suggestion concerns some families.

Jane Wagner is the legal guardian of two people who live at Sunnycrest.

Wagner said, “I really believe that people who have mental health problems are going to fall through the cracks. “

Wagner said after sitting in on Wednesday’s presentation she’s more informed and more confident that the people she cares about will continue to be able to call Sunnycrest their home.

County Supervisors have long said closing Sunnycrest is not an option.

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