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July 30, 2014

Carondelet’s KC senior care centers to be part of Ascension long-term care group

Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic, nonprofit health system, is bringing its “senior care” facilities under one umbrella organization, including the three Carondelet nursing homes — Carondelet Manor, Villa Saint Joseph and St. Mary’s Manor — that aren’t being sold to Prime Health in the Kansas City area.

Carondelet Health’s three long-term care facilities in the Kansas City area will be part of a newly formed Ascension Health Senior Care network of senior-living properties announced Wednesday.

Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic, nonprofit health system, said 34 senior care facilities around the country will be part of the organization.

The long-term care announcement came one day after Carondelet Health, a part of Ascension, said it had signed a letter of intent to sell Carondelet’s two Kansas City-area hospitals, St. Joseph Medical Center and St. Mary’s Medical Center, to Prime Healthcare Services Inc.

The sale of the hospitals excluded Carondelet’s three area nursing homes, Carondelet Manor, Villa Saint Joseph and St. Mary’s Manor, which remained Ascension properties. Ascension also retained the assets of the two hospitals’ philanthropic foundations.

Ascension said its combined Health Senior Care operations, representing 5,568 senior-living beds, will be the second-largest nonprofit long-term care provider in the United States.

Officials said the unification of its long-term care properties is expected to share best practices and to “benefit from greater investment in facilities and equipment, better resource allocation, more efficient operations, and growth opportunities.”

To reach Diane Stafford, call 816-234-4359 or send email to stafford@kcstar.com.

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