Why Skilled Nursing Operators Can’t Bank on ‘Silver Tsunami’ — or One Good Month Under PDPM — for Relief

As the post-acute and long-term health care industry struggles through shortened lengths of stay and compressed reimbursements, an oasis has lingered just beyond the horizon: the so-called silver tsunami. If operators can wait out the current downturn, the thinking goes, the glut of baby boomers turning 80 and older over the coming years will be […]

Ensign Group Board Approves Home Health, Hospice Spinoff

The board of directors for The Ensign Group (Nasdaq: ENSG) this week approved a plan to separate its skilled nursing operations from the remainder of its senior housing and care business lines. The San Juan Capistrano, Calif.-based nursing home giant will see its home health, hospice, and senior living business lines move into a new […]

Ensign Group Breaks the 200-Building Mark as Skilled Nursing Income Climbs 31%

The Ensign Group (Nasdaq: ENSG) announced the acquisition of the 200th skilled nursing facility in its rapidly expanding portfolio, while also reporting yet another round of sunny quarterly earnings results — which saw the operator boost overall skilled nursing income by 31.1% from this time last year. The San Juan Capistrano, Calif.-based operator picked up […]

Ensign Group to Spin Off Non-Skilled Nursing Assets into New Public Company

The Ensign Group (Nasdaq: ENSG) on Monday announced a plan to spin off its non-skilled nursing assets into a separate publicly traded company. The Mission Viejo, Calif.-based operator will shift its home health, hospice, and senior living assets into a new firm known as The Pennant Group, Inc., with the deal tentatively set to close […]

Ensign Picks Up Two Former Good Sam Buildings in AZ in Latest Sale for Non-Profit

The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society has sold a pair of skilled nursing facilities to for-profit industry leader The Ensign Group (Nasdaq: ENSG), Skilled Nursing News has learned, marking the latest in a series of recent dispositions by the non-profit provider. The two properties in Mesa and Peoria, Ariz., branded as Good Shepherd, will be […]

Ensign Group Completes Five-Year OIG Oversight Agreement

Leading skilled nursing provider The Ensign Group (Nasdaq: ENSG) on Thursday announced that it has successfully completed a five-year Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) oversight period. The Mission Viejo, Calif.-based company initially entered into a corporate integrity agreement (CIA) with the HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) back in October 2013; at […]

Ensign Adds SNF in California; Monarch Acquires Former Welcov Facilities

The Ensign Group (Nasdaq: ENSG) acquired the operations of the 99-bed Downey Care Center, a skilled nursing facility in Downey, Calif. The acquisition was effective March 1. “It’s been many years since we have found the right opportunity to grow in Southern California,” Ensign President and CEO Christopher Christensen said in a statement announcing the […]

Lamb: CareTrust ‘Can’t Get Enough’ Skilled Nursing Assets

Survey after survey finds that investors remain skittish about skilled nursing, but a top executive at CareTrust REIT (Nasdaq: CTRE) says his firm has the opposite problem: There just aren’t enough solid properties available to satiate its appetite. Skilled Nursing News caught up with Mark Lamb, the real estate investment trust’s (REIT) chief investment officer, […]

Ensign Group Takes Victory Lap After Record Quarter for Earnings

Executives at skilled nursing operator The Ensign Group (Nasdaq: ENSG) on Thursday touted record earnings numbers and continued to insist that the post-acute and long-term care space isn’t as difficult as the headlines and headwinds may make it seem. The Mission Viejo, Calif.-based firm set company records for adjusted earnings per share and diluted earnings […]

Skilled Nursing Rents 10% Too High, Analysts Say

Skilled nursing rents must decline by about 10% across the board in order to ensure the facilities’ long-term stability, a Wednesday report from Green Street Advisors has concluded. Real estate investment trusts (REITs) must achieve rent coverage of around 1.9 times to achieve stability for their tenants, the real estate research firm’s analysts Lukas Hartwich […]

Ensign Group Touts ‘Enormous Organic Growth’ Potential for Skilled Nursing Properties

The Ensign Group (Nasdaq: ENSG) turned in yet another upbeat quarterly earnings call last week, emphasizing its improved turnaround strategies for underperforming skilled nursing facilities and its strong partnership with landlord CareTrust REIT (Nasdaq: CTRE). CEO Christopher Christensen touted Ensign’s progress on bolstering operations at buildings the Mission Viejo, Calif.-based operator took over in 2017 […]

Ensign Group Buys Office Building in California

The Ensign Group (Nasdaq: ENSG) this week announced the acquisition of a new office building for its Service Center employees. The 115,000-square-foot space in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. will replace a leased space in Mission Viejo, Calif., where the skilled nursing provider is currently based. “After considering dozens of possibilities over the last 18 months, […]

Ensign Points to Managed Care Growth as Reason for Occupancy Gains

The Ensign Group (Nasdaq: ENSG) reported sunny skilled nursing stats during the first quarter of 2018, with strong gains in both revenue and occupancy. The Mission Viejo, Calif.-based operator pulled in $46.2 million in income from its transitional and skilled services channel, a boost of 45.3% from the first quarter of 2017 and a 15.7% […]

Ohio SNF Sells for $11M; StoneGate Adds Eight New Oklahoma Contracts

StoneGate Announces Eight New Contracts in Oklahoma StoneGate Senior Living, a senior care and housing company based in Lewisville, Texas, added eight new properties to its lineup in Oklahoma, contracted from Southwest Healthcare. The communities offer a range of services, including skilled nursing and rehabilitation. As a result of the additions, StoneGate now contracts with […]