Potential bidders to operate and manage state-owned Fort Bayard (N.M.) Medical Center, a long-term-care facility, have until Sept. 16 to submit proposals. Two companies, Atlantic Shores Healthcare, Boca Raton, Fla., and Alternative Behavioral Services, Norfolk, Va., attended a mandatory meeting of potential bidders Aug. 19. The state is seeking to hire a private operator and manager for the center, which has had quality-of-care problems. The facility provides long-term care, short-term rehabilitation, chemical dependency treatment, outpatient therapy and case management. Late last month, state Health Secretary Michelle Lujan Grisham said in a statement, "It's become clear that the facility staff and residents need hands-on support to help resolve issues at Fort Bayard." Officials at Atlantic Shores, part of publicly traded GEO Group, and Alternative Behavioral Services did not return phone calls for comment. -- by Paul Barr
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