Long before Brighton Rehabilitation & Wellness Center came under federal indictment, and before a novel coronavirus became a global pandemic, the senior care facility had already been a subject of contention and controversy in the county.
It hosted a big-money fundraiser for Governor Tom Wolf. It gave contracts to the children of the county treasurer as she unilaterally withdrew funds for it from county accounts. It hired the county’s solicitor to work simultaneously as its own attorney. It was the topic of a state police investigation before the county district attorney “fired them” from the case. It was the subject of litigation brought by county commissioners who then abandoned the lawsuit before a single motion had been put before a judge.
BeaverCountian.com published well over 100 articles about the facility, its New York owners, and a tumultuous 2013 corporate acquisition of what was once the publicly-owned Friendship Ridge nursing home.
For historical context, here is just some of that archived coverage.
The Coronavirus Pandemic
Controversies With Solicitor Joe Askar
Controversies With Treasurer Connie Javens And Financial Admin Vince LaValle
Controversies With District Attorney David Lozier
Controversies With County Commissioners
On The County’s Sale Of Friendship Ridge