Ensign Group To Acquire Utah Continuing Care Retirement Community

The Ensign Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENSG) recently announced that it has agreed to purchase CHRISTUS St. Joseph Villa, a continuing care retirement community located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the CHRISTUS Marian Center, a behavioral health center operated within St. Joseph Villa.  CHRISTUS St. Joseph Villa is a full-service senior care campus with 221 skilled nursing beds, 48 assisted living units and 60 independent living apartments. It also includes the CHRISTUS Marian Center which is a long-term inpatient acute psychiatric program with its 12 psychiatric beds.  The sale is expected to be complete as of February 1, 2011 and the facility will be operated by a subsidiary of Milestone Healthcare, Inc., Ensign’s Utah-based portfolio subsidiary.

"We are honored that CHRISTUS has entrusted us with this important stewardship, and we are committed to continuing the mission of CHRISTUS and the sisters who founded St. Joseph Villa," said Matt Church, a longtime Ensign operational leader who will assume the helm of the expansive continuing care campus. "We admire the wonderful work they’ve done here over the past 63 years, and pledge to build on their great legacy to meet and exceed the clinical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of each resident, staff member and family," he added.