Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Hilltop Care Center, a long-term care facility in Watkins, Minn., will be sold to Hilltop Care Center, LLC, a Minnesota limited liability company with the main financial investors being Tom Opatz and Fred Struzyk according to a tentative agreement announced by the Paynesville Area Health Care System's District Board of Directors at their regular board meeting, held on March 28, 2012.
Senior housing is not new to Tom Opatz and Fred Struzyk. They have, combined, 35 years in senior housing services and have a deep commitment to the mission to create home-like models for older adults in need of long-term care.
Hilltop Care Center has a 32-year history in caring for seniors in Watkins. The 50-bed facility has continually received 5-star ratings from the Minnesota Department of Health and employs 80+ compassionate health-care workers known for their personal, loving care of our residents. Hilltop Care Center was recognized by the U.S. News & World Report just this past month for their 5-star ratings. U.S. News recognizes top-rated nursing homes in all 50 states.
Following recommendations through strategic planning, financial and organizational studies, the Board of Directors took this action for the best interest for the future of Hilltop Care Center, its residents, its employees and for the Paynesville Area Health Care System. Small, rural health care organizations rely heavily on state and federal reimbursements and are being faced with significant challenges with cuts and legislative changes in health care structure.
"The Board of Directors remains focused on our mission to deliver top quality health care to the communities we serve," stated Robert Brauchler, Board Chair. "We are dedicated to meet the future health-care needs of our health-care district. This was a very difficult decision for the Board, but the Board felt that this decision was in the best overall interest of residents, patients and for the long-term future of PAHCS."
The Paynesville Area Health Care System can assure residents and families that it is the priority of both the Paynesville Area Health Care System and Hilltop Care Center, LLC to provide a smooth transition of ownership. No residents will be asked to relocate or leave. Brauchler thanks the community of Watkins for its unwavering support and commitment to the Hilltop Care facility. We are very pleased that Hilltop Care Center, LLC has committed to continuing senior services and employment in the Watkins community.
The tentative deadline for completion of the transaction is set for no later than April 30, 2012.
The Paynesville Area Health Care System will continue serving quality care to residents without interruption until the sale is finalized.