County Nursing Home Gets $6M for Back Bills; Welcov Facility in SD Sold

The Champaign County Board approved roughly $6 million in nursing home expenses for the Champaign County Nursing Home in Urbana, Ill., The News-Gazette reported.

The board on January 15 voted to appropriate $1.98 million to pay off bills to nursing home vendors that dated as far back as fiscal 2015; it also voted to write off $4.19 million in bad debt from the nursing home. That amount of debt is more than 210 days old, County Executive Darlene Kloeppel told The News-Gazette.

Local officials approved the sale of the home to a joint venture between University Rehabilitation Center of C-U LLC and University Rehab Real Estate LLC for $11 million last year, but not without considerable trouble. The approval of the sale arrived in late October of last year, after University Rehabilitation, along with Altitude Health Services Inc., had to file an application to a state review board to purchase the home in August.

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The votes come one month after the board approved a $2.77 million budget amendment to cover two additional months of nursing home operations, as well as the wind-down costs.

Welcov Facility in South Dakota Sold to EmpRes Healthcare Management

EmpRes Healthcare Management, based in Vancouver, Wash., bought the 168-bed long-term care facility Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell, S.D., from Welcov Healthcare, The Daily Republic reported.

EmpRes will officially take over the facility on February 1, retaining the current name. The company — which is employee-owned and operated by members of the communities it serves, according to the publication — has more than 60 locations in seven Western states. Firesteel will be its first location in South Dakota.

The deal comes after reports that Welcov is winding down operations.

EmpRes is planning to invest in significant capital improvements to the facility’s physical plant, according to a release announcing the deal.

Creative Solutions in Healthcare Takes Over Operations in El Paso, Texas

Creative Solutions in Healthcare, based in Fort Worth, Texas, took over the operations of St. Teresa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in El Paso, Texas, as part of a re-tenanting by the real estate investment trust (REIT) MedEquities Realty Trust, the El Paso Times reported.

The operator plans to improve the interior of the facility and update the landscape, the publication added.

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