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Ascension Living to buy Shorelight Memory Care

Ascension Living to buy Shorelight Memory Care


CALEDONIA — Ascension Living, one of the largest nonprofit and faith-based providers of senior services in the nation, has signed a letter of intent to purchase Shorelight Memory Care, along with physical space for a future skilled-nursing community.

Shorelight Memory Care, 5643 Erie St., and the skilled-nursing space are owned by Siena on the Lake, a nonprofit corporation that began as a partnership between the Racine Dominicans and the former Lincoln Lutheran of Racine. The latter has since declared insolvency, filed for receivership and is no longer part of Siena on the Lake.

Because of Lincoln Lutheran’s demise, some of the space that had been built as part of the ambitious, multiyear Siena on the Lake plan has gone unused.

As part of this transaction, the associates, residents, and skilled-care operation of Ascension Living’s Lakeshore Manor, 1320 Wisconsin Ave., Racine, would move to the currently vacant skilled-nursing space on the Siena campus.

“Bringing Shorelight Memory Care and Health Center into our ministry is an exciting continuation of our shared commitment and dedication to serving seniors,” stated Gayle Trupiano, Ascension Living president and CEO. “The newly constructed space on the Siena campus will foster an environment of comfort and healing for our residents, and is a space where our associates can better care for those who have entrusted themselves in our care.”

This transaction would connect southeastern Wisconsin residents to integrated systems of care within Ascension Wisconsin, the organization stated.

Ascension Living stated that its mission is to “provide spiritually centered, holistic care to seniors, particularly those most in need. We offer a wide range of programs tailored to meet the unique needs of older adults.”

Shared faith and vision

The Racine Dominicans have a 155-year history of serving Racine and beyond. Their awareness of the need for memory care for those afflicted with dementia of various types and causes led to the establishment of Shorelight Memory Care.

“Our leadership team applies a rigorous review process when considering a potential partner,” said Sr. Maryann McMahon, president of the Racine Dominicans and Siena on the Lake. “Our organizations are guided by a shared faith and the promise to provide personalized, compassionate care to all.”

McMahon said the Dominicans are confident Ascension Living will provide “a high degree of service and quality” for Shorelight residents.


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Michael "Mick" Burke covers business and the Village of Sturtevant. He is the proud father of two daughters and owner of a fantastic, although rug-chewing, German shepherd dog.

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