SEIU Seeks To Block Sale Of Nursing Homes

December 17, 2007
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LANSING — A union that represents nursing home workers has filed a complaint with the Michigan Department of Community Health in an attempt to delay the sale of 27 facilities in the state slated for ownership by a private-equity firm.

The homes include seven in West Michigan: Heartland Crestview, Heartland Greenview and Heartland Grand Rapids in Kent County; Heartland Holland in Ottawa County; Heartland Knollview and Heartland Whitehall in Muskegon County; and Heartland Kalamazoo in Kalamazoo County. Combined they have 835 beds.

SEIU Healthcare Michigan announced Friday that it filed “a formal, legal complaint” last week.

The MDCH already has issued approvals under its Certificate of Need process. The process of licensing the homes under new ownership is continuing.

The sale of the seven West Michigan homes is part of a $6.3 billion nationwide HCR Manor Care in which The Carlyle Group, a Washington D.C.-based private equity firm is buying the publicly-traded HCR Manor Care. HCR Manor Care has more than 500 nursing and rehabilitation centers, assisted living, hospice and home health care facilities. It owns 27 skilled nursing centers with 3,366 beds in Michigan.

MDCH spokesman James McCurtis said the department still is reviewing the SEIU’s letter.

“We’ve got o figure out if there’s any action we need to take, and if we need to take action,” McCurtis said.

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