Wells Nursing Home to celebrate 50 years

JOHNSTOWN — A Johnstown nursing home official heralded a milestone for her facility during the public speaker portion of the Fulton County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday at the County Office Building.

The speaker was Robin Wentworth — director of admissions for the Wells Nursing Home in Johnstown. She noted the facility is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020.

“We will be organizing some community events,” she told county officials.

Wentworth told board members she could give them a tour if they wanted of the 201 W. Madison Ave. facility. She noted the home has been offering excellent services to local residents for half a century. Those services include respite and outpatient care.

“We do have a 100-bed skilled nursing facility,” she said.

According to its history, the Wells Nursing Home was established in 1970 with a commitment to provide quality care to patients with short or long-term nursing needs.

Wells Nursing Home is a multi-disciplined skilled nursing facility, which includes a skilled nursing home, adult day health program and outpatient rehab services.

Also at the session, Gloversville 2nd Ward Supervisor Frank Lauria Jr. railed against some of the comments made recently by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Medicaid. He said the governor is blaming all 62 counties for rising costs. Lauria told his colleagues to “be prepared” for counties to shell out more for Medicaid.

In his “State of the State” address in Albany, Cuomo stated there are significant, higher deficit costs in New York state. But he claimed the state is too generous through a program he proposed in 2012 in which the state now picks up annual Medicaid health insurance program increases that the counties once had to fund.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.