YOUNGSTOWN – A New Jersey-based healthcare company has purchased the three Bon Secours Mercy Health long-term care facilities in the Mahoning Valley with the blessing of the leader of the Diocese of Youngstown.
The transaction with Avenutra Health Group took place on Tuesday. This is part of Bon Secours Mercy Health’s full divestment of skilled nursing and assisted living operations in Ohio, Virginia and Florida, the diocese said in June.
In the Valley, these were Humility House in Austintown and The Assumption Village and Marian Living Center north of Lima. All three are home to 300 residents combined.
Thursday’s transaction was not registered with the Mahoning County Auditor’s Office. Mercy Health declined to comment on the sale price.
In June, as the sale was underway, Bishop David Bonnar requested additional information before considering issuing what is known in canon law as a votum, or notice required to dispose of church property and temporal goods, known as “stable heritage”.
After several discussions between diocesan representatives and Mercy Health leaders, Bonnar provided the votum, which was approved by the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life in December, according to the diocese.
“I am grateful for Mercy Health’s many years of faith-filled service to the elderly of the Mahoning Valley, many of whom have helped build our communities, as well as our Catholic parishes,” said Bonnar. “My concern has always been for those affected by this decision – the residents, families and employees of the three long-term care facilities involved in this transaction.
“The new owner is committed to respecting and accommodating the pastoral and spiritual needs of the residents as much as possible. I am confident that the Catholic heritage and tradition of compassionate care will be maintained and that Catholic health care guidelines regarding end-of-life issues will remain in effect.
Humility House is a residence for the elderly; The Village de l’Assomption, skilled nursing and rehabilitation; and Marian Living Center, assisted living. Staff, residents and families were notified of the sale last year.
According to a statement from Mercy Health, “We have had the privilege of caring for thousands of patients and residents. Healthcare continues to be dynamic, and we are constantly talking with healthcare providers, inside and outside of our current footprint, to share best practices and better understand how we can provide the most high standard of care, including post-acute services.
According to its website, Aventura operates three facilities in Pennsylvania: two west of Philadelphia in Wester Chester and Prospect Park and the third in Carbondale north of Scranton, and two in Baltimore.