Most Read: New Operator Launches, Brookdale Pushed To Sell Portfolio

The Senior Housing News team wishes our readers a happy Presidents Day!

In observance of the holiday, we will be suspending our daily email on Monday, Feb. 16. We will resume our normal schedule on Tuesday, Feb. 17. And in case you missed them … here are the top headlines that grabbed Senior Housing News readers’ attention this week.

New Senior Living Operator Launches with 21 Properties Under Development — A new operator, First & Main, is launching with a highly focused rollout and an emphasis on strong branding. Veteran senior living leaders are at the helm.

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Top 5 Senior Living Design Features for 2015 — Senior living designers are drawing on eclectic inspirations, including high-end hotels and reality TV, to create cutting-edge spaces.

6 Layers of Defense Against Fires in Senior Living — Fires have blazed through several senior living communities in recent months, with tragic results. Installing a sprinkler system is an important line of defense, but operators need to consider a whole range of measures.

Brookdale Prodded to Spin Off Real Estate — On the heels of Brookdale (NYSE: BKD) reporting a large net loss in 2014, a shareholder pushed the provider to turn its owned real estate into a real estate investment trust (REIT). Doing so could unlock value that is not currently reflected in Brookdale’s share price, Sandell Asset Management Corp. argues.

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Best of Skilled Nursing Design 2014: The Post-Acute Trailblazer — A Mainstreet developed and Health Care REIT (NYSE: HCN) owned community in Indiana earned a best in class award for skilled nursing design in Senior Housing News’ 2014 design and architecture awards contest. Wellbrooke of South Bend is a model for hospitality-based nursing and post-acute care, judges said.

Written by Tim Mullaney

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