Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) Secretary Laura Howard announced that 15 Kansas nursing facilities in receivership have been successfully transferred—with zero closures—from Skyline Health to new owner, Mission Health Communities LLC (Mission Health). Mission Health is a Florida-based company with more than a dozen nursing facilities already operating in the state.
KDADS’ Survey, Certification, and Credentialing Commission performed a thorough review of the requests for change of ownership and has approved licensure applications submitted by Mission Health. In March 2018, KDADS moved to take 15 nursing facilities homes across the state into receivership after learning operator Skyline Health, a company headquartered in New Jersey, had fallen behind on vendor bills for basics such as food services, medical equipment, and utilities, putting residents’ health and safety at risk.
All 15 receivership actions were consolidated in April 2018 by the Kansas Supreme Court into a single action pending before the Johnson County District Court in the case: Laura Howard, Secretary of KDADS v. Spring Hill Care and Rehabilitation Center, LLC, et al., Case Number 18-CV-01688. As a result, the Secretary was appointed as the Receiver for each of the facilities to provide for the administration and oversight for the facilities while in receivership.
The receivership action taken against Skyline prompted the introduction of first-of-its-kind state legislation that sets stricter vetting standards for nursing facility owners and investors. Passed with bi-partisan support, the new law, which went into effect May 2019, requires potential nursing facility owners in Kansas to submit detailed financial and historical ownership information before receiving approval.
The mission of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services is to foster an environment that promotes security, dignity, and independence for all Kansans. The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services envisions a community that empowers Kansas older adults and persons with disabilities to make choices about their lives.
Mission Health Communities LLC is a premier provider of Senior Living and Skilled Rehabilitation communities, with a dedication to enhancing the quality of life for those that are served. Mission Health Communities manages and operates senior living, assisted living, short-stay rehabilitation, and skilled nursing communities in Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Mission Health Communities is in the business of caring for people, and is focused on delivering excellence by creating a supportive work environment and opportunities for growth for the employees.
This was reported by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services on October 11, 2019.
Contact information: Cara Sloan-Ramos, Public Information Officer, Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, New England Building, 503 South Kansas Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 66603; 785-296-0807; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.kdads.ks.gov
Contact information: Mission Health Communities LLC, 2907 West Bay to Bay Boulevard, Tampa, Florida 33629; Website: http://www.missionhealthcommunities.com