Health and Family Services Cabinet
Cabinet Selects Liberty Healthcare to Manage Oakwood
(Nov. 2, 2005) The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has selected Liberty Healthcare Corporation (LHC) of Pennsylvania to provide an on-site executive management team for the Communities at Oakwood effective Nov. 1.
“This agreement with LHC positions us to meet the Commonwealth's immediate goals for Oakwood: improve resident health and safety, stabilize the management infrastructure and strengthen staff and management accountability,” said John Burt, Ed.D., commissioner of the Department for Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services (MH/MR).
LHC’s Oakwood project team will be headed by corporate Vice President Karen Peret, Ph.D. The company's corporate resources and its Developmental Disabilities division will be dedicated to assessing the current conditions at Oakwood. Their areas of focus will include compliance and reporting, quality improvement, organizational structure, staffing and staff training, transitions management and oversight.
CHFS signed the Letter of Agreement with LHC following an emergency procurement solicitation. The initial contract period will run through June 30, 2006, with an option for renewal for two additional two-year periods.
LHC has experience at managing Intermediate Care Facilities for the Mentally Retarded during crisis situations when federal funding is threatened, as is the case at Oakwood. The company’s experience includes work in Indiana and Florida.
Under the terms of the letter of agreement, LHC will provide full accountability to CHFS and MH/MR through its corporate vice president, on-site CEO, on-site project team and other key personnel charged with oversight of day-to-day operations, including clinical operations and transitioning of residents to community settings when appropriate.
Located in Somerset, Oakwood serves approximately 300 people with mental retardation and is operated by MH/MR within CHFS.