Committee raises questions about agreements with nursing center

Questions Over Craighead Nursing Home
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - There were more questions than answers Monday night at a Craighead County Quorum Court committee meeting regarding the Craighead Nursing Center.

Justice of the Peace Josh Longmire stated that he'd recently received questions about the Craighead Nursing Center. Longmire stated the circuit court clerk's office and treasurer's office received questions too.

"What is our agreement exactly?" Longmire asked. "I know we appoint a board of directors and that's kind of the extent of it. But what about the revenues?"

Craighead County Judge Assistant Tony Thomas stated that generally, the revenues generated at the nursing home are maintained there too.

"Traditionally, we appoint a board, as you've indicated. That board has sole responsibility of oversight and management of that facility," Thomas said. "Revenues are generally placed back into the operation as far as rehabilitation of facilities as well as the purchase of additional, I know they have purchased additional property with some of the revenue."

Some justices said years ago, the quorum court received quarterly finance reports from the nursing center's board of directors.

"I haven't seen one of those in awhile," Ken Stacks said.

Thomas said the county does receive a copy of a yearly audit as part of the legislative audit process.

Though it wasn't immediately clear who all sat on the board of directors, Treasurer Terry McNatt said the legislative audit recently asked him to find out who is on the board for the Craighead Nursing Center.

"If we appoint the board of directors, I don't see why they shouldn't have to disclose that information to us," Longmire said.

Longmire also asked about whether or not a lease agreement exists between the county and the company operating the nursing center.

"Because we should be seeing some type of revenue coming in from the nursing center," Longmire said.

Thomas said in searching for a lease in the past, they were unable to find one.

"Records are spotty for certain years and periods of time but there's been nothing that we have found at this point that indicates it's a lease type agreement," Thomas said.

Following the discussion, the committee requested to have someone associated with the nursing center's board of directors put together a report on expenditures and revenues to present to the full court.

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