Soldiers Grove nursing home faces sale rather than closure

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Sannes Skogdalen Heim nursing home in Soldiers Grove is owned by Community Health Services, which also runs the Prairie Maison nursing home in Prairie du Chien.

By Charley Preusser, Crawford County Independent

North Shore Healthcare is in the process of acquiring the Sannes Skogdalen-Heim Nursing Home in Soldiers Grove, according to David Mills, a managing partner of that Milwaukee-based company.

North Shore Healthcare currently owns 44 long-term care nursing homes in Wisconsin. They essentially more than doubled the number of facilities under their control, when a deal to acquire 28 facilities from the failing Fortis Management went into effect at midnight Sunday, Oct. 1.

With that acquisition, North Shore Healthcare now has more than 3,000 employees, Mills noted. By November 1, the company plans to have closed on the Sannes Skogdalen acquisition.

Things have been moving at a torrid pace on both sides of the state it would seem. Just as North Shore Healthcare was poised to take over operation of 28 nursing homes, they became aware that Sannes Skogdalen was available.
“In 48 hours, we were in a car driving across the state to see it,” Mills said Monday, remembering the events of last Thursday and Friday. North Shore apparently liked what they saw.

“You can just see it as you approach the building,” Mills said Monday. “It’s the well-maintained grounds. Even before you walk in the door, you can feel it.”

Mills cited the virtues of the small communities as the work ethic and the fact everyone cares. He noted many of the facilities owned by North Shore are in smaller communities.

While North Shore dealt with the suddenness of the developing situation at Sannes Skogdalen last week, so did the residents and staff of the nursing home.

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