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GHS sells Cottages at Brushy Creek, 200 will become Orianna employees upon passing screening

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Thursday, July 14, 2016

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The Greenville Health System (GHS) Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday to sell its 144-bed nursing home, The Cottages at Brushy Creek.
 

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The Greenville Health System (GHS) Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday to sell its 144-bed nursing home, The Cottages at Brushy Creek.

 

The Greenville Health System (GHS) Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday to sell its 144-bed nursing home, The Cottages at Brushy Creek, to Orianna Health Systems.

The decision to sell The Cottages was the result of a plan to position GHS to respond to a healthcare environment with rapidly changing reimbursement and care delivery patterns driven primarily by changes in Medicare and Medicaid, according to GHS’ announcement.

In fact reports indicate the nursing home, built in 2007, has been losing money. The sale is reportedly $10.1 million and will close with Orianna by Sept. 30.

Patients and their families reportedly were notified of a potential sale on June 1.

About 200 employees work at The Cottages. By passing employment screening they will become Orianna employees with the same pay and seniority as they had with GHS, according to spokesperson. However, they would be retained under Orianna benefits.

GHS would find jobs for other employees within its system, according to the report.

Orianna operates 48 skilled nursing facilities in 11 states. Of those, 17 are in South Carolina and 13 of those are in the Upstate. The company’s skilled nursing homes feature a team approach to patient care, and individual plans of care are tailored to meet the specific needs of each patient, according to GHS announcement.

“As our population ages and the demand for affordable, high quality services continue to grow, innovative partnerships become more important,” said Lisa Stevens, chair of the GHS Board of Trustees.

“GHS needs access to nearly 3,000 skilled nursing beds to meet the needs of its patients, and it’s clear that we need a partner to help us meet this demand,” Stevens said.

Orianna operates 48 skilled nursing facilities in 11 states. Of those, 17 are in South Carolina and 13 of those are in the Upstate.

“We are committed to serving the Upstate community and look forward to building upon the strong foundation of skilled nursing care GHS has established at The Cottages at Brushy Creek,” said Craig Robinson, CEO of Orianna Health Systems.

South Carolina’s senior population is expected to double by 2030. One strategy is to help seniors stay in their homes for as long as possible.

 

 

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