MACOMB — A few years ago, the McDonough County Board decided to no longer refer to its care facility as The Elms Nursing Home. It was simply referred to as The Elms. Administrator Tina Cox told the board's building and grounds committee Tuesday that people still call the facility The Elms Nursing Home and that maybe a more descriptive name is in order.
Cox said "The Elms Rehabilitation and Long Term Care" might be a more appropriate name. She said any change should be decided over the next few months in time for the facility's 40th Anniversary Party on Oct. 14.
The administrator reported that the state is now four months behind in Medicaid reimbursement payments, owing The Elms $597,279. Cox said that, of the 90 current residents, 41 are covered under Medicaid, eight through Medicare, and that 37 are private pay residents and four are in hospice care.
Cox said The Elms ended April with "a positive bottom line" and that no expenses will be required following completion of a life safety audit. She said next week is National Nursing Home Week and that there will be a staff concession stand set up. The annual Elms Ice Cream Social will be held on June 4.
County Board Chairman Scott Schwerer reported that an office would be set up in the Zahren Building for McDonough County Drug Court. The building is one-half block south of the county courthouse and contains judicial, probation, public defense, and education offices.
Schwerer reminded committee members that the county employees' picnic would be held on May 19 at the county annex building on Collins Avenue.

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