Bon Secours Nursing Care Center is being sold to St. Agnes HealthCare for $10.6 million 187-bed facility is in Ellicott City

December 05, 1996|By Shanon D. Murray | Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF

An Ellicott City nursing home -- one of only two in Howard County -- will have new owners next month.

The Baltimore-based St. Agnes HealthCare announced yesterday that it plans to purchase the 187-bed Bon Secours Nursing Care Center on North Ridge Road for $10.6 million.

The center, which offers nursing care and assisted-living services for the elderly, will be the health care company's first such facility away from its St. Agnes Hospital on Caton Avenue in Baltimore, said Robert E. Pezzoli, the company's president and chief executive officer.

"We want to be able to provide the overall continuum of care," he said. "And the one piece we didn't have was an off-site nursing care facility."

St. Agnes HealthCare has outpatient rehabilitation centers, home health services and medical offices in the city, and in Howard, Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties, Pezzoli said.

Bon Secours put the center up for sale in September because the health care market isn't friendly to independent nursing care facilities, said Henry DeVries, regional vice president of the nursing home's parent company, Bon Secours Health System Inc., in Marriottsville. "We decided to divest ourselves of the facility and not jeopardize its long-term viability," he said.

Prospective buyers for the 11-year-old center had to agree to continue to operate the facility as a nursing home and not displace any residents, he said. A Catholic-affiliated group such as St. Agnes HealthCare was preferred, to keep the center's "Catholic identity," he added.

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

The only change planned for the center is to allow it to admit patients with more acute needs, who would otherwise remain in the hospital, Pezzoli said.

All 181 employees of the center will be employed by St. Agnes HealthCare.

Pub Date: 12/05/96

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