Welcov Healthcare, a nursing home and senior living operator based in Edina, Minn., is in the process of “winding down operations,” according to local media reports.
The company is going through a reorganization and is in the process of shutting down operations, though it remains committed to two facilities in Torrington, Wy., Welcov president Tom Boerboom told The Torrington Telegram on January 3.
At some point, Welcov will cease to exist, and a new company will be formed to focus mainly on operations in Goshen County, Wy., Boerboom told the Telegram. The company’s other facilities in the state will be transferred to other senior care management firms, he told the publication; Welcov’s plan to build a $7 million assisted living facility in Torrington also remains on track.
Welcov has been cited for violations related to the death of four residents at its Minnesota facilities, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported on January 4 in a story that also mentioned the Telegram report.
Boerboom and other Welcov executives did not return multiple messages seeking comment from Skilled Nursing News as of press time.
The Star Tribune noted that in addition to Welcov turning over management of its facilities to other companies, the operator was sued in November 2018 for alleged failure to pay Monida Healthcare Staffing Solutions $152,578 for services provided since April of last year.
In June of last year, Spearfish, S.D.-based Lantis Enterprises took over the operations of more than 24 nursing homes and other health care facilities in four states from Welcov, the Chadron, Neb.-based radio station KCSR 610 AM reported.
The move came after Lantis in 2012 signed a 20-year lease agreement that turned over the management of the facilities to Mission Healthcare, which later changed its name to Welcov Healthcare. No explanation was provided for the change at the time, and Lantis chief operating officer Wendy Soulek said she could not comment on the transition to SNN.
Welcov has 22 locations in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wyoming, according to its website. That represents a decline from 2017, when SNN’s sister site Senior Housing News spoke with the operator. At that time, Welcov had more than 50 locations in Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Montana, South Dakota, and Wyoming.