Bon Secours nursing home is for sale

September 13, 1996|By Erin Texeira | Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF

One of Howard County's two nursing homes is up for sale, but prospective buyers must continue to operate the facility as a nursing home and must not displace current residents, officials of the nursing home said yesterday.

Bon Secours Nursing Care Center, which has 171 beds and 15 assisted-living spaces at its Ellicott City facility, announced last week that it plans to sell because it "is not well-positioned to participate in the evolving health care market," according to a written statement.

The nursing home's parent company, Marriottsville-based Bon Secours Health System Inc., was founded by the Roman Catholic Sisters of Bon Secours, who came from France in 1881 to provide health care.

If possible, Bon Secours wants to find a nonprofit Catholic organization to buy the 11-year-old nursing home to help maintain a high quality of health and spiritual care, according to Darrel Flanel, national director of health care investment banking at Lehman Brothers, which is handling the sale.

If Bon Secours does not find a Catholic buyer, it will look for nonprofit buyer, he said. A Catholic buyer is negotiating an offer, and Lehman Brothers has received offers from 21 for-profit providers, Flanel said.

"There is no question they could get more money from a for-profit, but it is not a question of them trying to get the highest price for it," Flanel said. "High-quality care is the most important thing."

The Bon Secours Health System owns 10 acute-care hospitals and six nursing homes in the Southeast United States. None of the others is for sale, Flanel said.

Smoke from trash fire damages store merchandise

New clothing and other Target department store items were smoke-damaged after a trash bin caught fire yesterday at the Long Gate Center in Ellicott City, said Howard County's Department of Fire and Rescue.

A small fire erupted about 9 a.m. in a bin connected to the newly constructed Target store at the new shopping center in the 4300 block of Montgomery Road, said fire Lt. Ken Byerly.

The fire was contained in the bin, and most of the smoke entered only a storeroom where items were being unpacked for display, he said. There were no injuries. A damage estimate was not immediately available.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, Byerly said.

The Long Gate Target store -- to open Oct. 6 -- is one of almost a dozen stores and restaurants planned for the shopping center, which is still under construction.

Police log

Ellicott City: 6700 block of Old Waterloo Road: A blue, four-door 1991 Ford Escort with Maryland tags ZBZ346 was stolen Tuesday.

Elkridge: 7200 block of U.S. 1: A black, four-door, 1988 Mitsubishi Galant with no tags was stolen Friday.

Pub Date: 9/13/96

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