Health Department panel votes down sale of John J. Foley Nursing Home

The deal would have sold the facility for $23 millon. (2/7/13)

YAPHANK - Suffolk County's plans to sell the John J. Foley Nursing Home in Yaphank to a private operator are facing a new setback.

Members of a panel of state health regulators have voted 10-0 against allowing the sale to go through.

Several patients and their relatives appeared before the panel to request that the home remain county-operated. They argued that Foley is a last resort home for severely disabled people who are on Medicaid, and a privately run nursing home might be inclined to turn down such patients because they're more expensive to care for.

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County officials argue that they need the cash from the sale to plug a major gap in Suffolk's budget.

A spokesman for the potential buyer of the nursing home says a different plan to buy the property could surface.

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