MOUNT PLEASANT — Ridgewood Care Center nursing home has officially been sold. It will be operated by Altitude Health Services.
On Wednesday, Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave announced the sale of the facility, 3205 Wood Road, was completed Friday.
“No wages were reduced for the employees, the new administrator has 30-plus years of experience, the company has met with all the residents,” Delagrave said. The company officially started operating the facility on Friday, he added.
Ridgewood, which opened in 1986, provides nursing care and rehabilitation services to about 177 residents.
It has about 300 employees; about 200 were county workers before most of the 300 took positions with Altitude to continue working at Ridgewood, Delagrave said.
‘Passed the litmus test’
When The Atrium at Becker-Shoop, 6101 16th St., closed, some residents were placed at Ridgewood. Delagrave said Altitude had no problems taking them in.
“We had to ask Altitude, ‘Hey, there’s nowhere for these residents to go, would you take them?’” Delagrave said. “And they took them without any type of apprehension. It really shows they’re invested in the community, but more importantly, they’re invested in resident care. They passed the litmus test right away.”
Delagrave said the transition has been very smooth, and resident care has been the top priority.
On May 23, the Racine County Board approved the sale of Ridgewood to Evanston, Ill.-based Altitude, which paid $10 million for the facility and planned on investing $750,000 in the first 18 months of operating the center. The company also had to agree to own and operate Ridgewood for at least the next five years.
According to its website, Altitude operates six properties in three states, not including Ridgewood.
Delagrave said he believes the company will enhance and expand Ridgewood’s physical therapy facilities during the first 18 months.
“I look forward to watching Altitude grow and be an asset to our community,” Delagrave said. “There’s no doubt that the resident care with the staff that they have now will continue to be top-notch.”
The money from the purchase will be part of the 2018 budget planning. Delagrave said he does have some plans for what to do with the money, but he wants to talk to the County Board first.
The county approved the sale of Ridgewood to Villa Healthcare in December 2016, but negotiations fell through in March, and the parties agreed to part ways.
"There's no doubt that the resident care with the staff that they have now will continue to be topnotch."
Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave
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