Avante Group Plans to Sell Batch of Facilities to SentosaCare
Avante Group, a nursing home group based in Hollywood, Fla., is selling all six of its facilities in North Carolina, with an effective closing date of June 1.
SentosaCare, based in Webster, N.Y., is the proposed buyer, the Winston-Salem Journal reported, and the number represents a reduction in Avante’s footprint by half.
Avante submitted a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notice for the six facilities with North Carolina’s Commerce Department on March 28; it was posted April 18.
The sale affects more than 500 employees, though it is not clear how many residents are at the six facilities, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Avante declined to comment to the publication, while SentosaCare could not be reached for immediate comment.
Avante submitted the notice even though it expects SentosaCare to make job offers to current Avante employees at each facility.
Employees at the facilities in Charlotte and Wilson, North Carolina, are affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and thus have bumping rights, where senior workers can “take” the jobs of less senior employees who are laid off, according to Avante.
Avante also finalized the sale of four of its SNFs in Virginia earlier this month, according to NBC affiliate WVIR.
Written by Maggie Flynn