The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes have sold the Geary Community Nursing Home to Tony Maldonado and Vicki Myers for $400,000. The sale of the 67-bed facility followed careful thought about the future of the facility and its residents.
“When the Lt. Governor and I took office seven months ago, we began looking at ways to stop the Tribes’ financial bleeding,” stated Eddie Hamilton, Governor of the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes. “Our decision to sell the nursing center came after discovering years of financial loss. The Tribes have been infusing millions of dollars into the Geary facility to cover salaries and operation. We sought out a responsible and respectable entity to ensure the well-being of the facility’s residents, many of whom are tribal Elders. We found a great fit with Tony and Vicki who have excellent reputations in the healthcare industry.”
The Geary Nursing Home expenditures during former Governor Darrell Flyingman’s Administration were approximately $4.7 million. During former Governor Janice Boswell’s Administration, more than $1.7 million was spent. Of the $1.7 million spent during the Boswell Administration $573,000 was paid out on a settlement to a contracting company for non-payment owed during Flyingman’s Administration.
Maldonado and Myers own First Choice Home Medical, Inc.. Maldonado has been in healthcare for 20 years and Myers has 31 years experience as a registered nurse.
Maldonado stated, “It is a passion of mine to provide services for Native Americans, specifically our elders.”
Maldonado is a member of the Kaw Nation and is part Cheyenne. His business partner and co-founder of Russell Murray Hospice in El Reno, Vicki Myers said, “We understand quality care. Our intent is to keep the Geary Community Nursing Home part of the community and provide a high level of care for the patients.”