Health System Acquires Senior Care Center

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: March 24, 2008 –Southeast Georgia Health System President and CEO Gary R. Colberg, FACHE, is pleased to announce the Health System has acquired the 204-bed Wildwood Park Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. The Center, located at 2611 Wildwood Drive, Brunswick, is located adjacent to the Health System’s Brunswick Campus and was formally managed by Forum Healthcare Group, Inc.

According to Colberg, the Health System paid $1.4 million for the property and another $3.5 million for the assets for a total of $4.9 million. Health System officials expect the renovation costs to approach $3 million which will be phased out over many months. One wing of the facility has already been renovated.

"The closing went smoothly and the detailed inspection by the state of the renovated front wing took place on Monday, March 17," Colberg said. "The Southeast Georgia Health System Senior Care Center, as it will be known, passed the inspection with flying colors. A license for 50 beds has been awarded and over the next several months, the remaining two wings of the 62,000 plus square foot facility and 154 beds will be renovated. A license for the 154 beds will be applied for after renovations are completed."

According to Colberg, the decision was made to renovate the remaining two wings of the facility before admitting residents to ensure their safety and comfort. Although an opening date has not yet been finalized, the goal is to be able to begin providing services by Sept. 1, 2008. The application process for staffing the Senior Care Center will begin this summer and will be handled by the Health System’s Human Resources Department.

Colberg says one of the reasons behind the acquisition is the numerous phone calls he received from the families of displaced residents following the closing of the facility in September 2007. "We could see that there is a need in the community for this type of care—it is the same thing we have seen since purchasing the St. Marys Convalescent Center," Colberg says. Purchasing the Convalescent Center has enabled to provide a continuum of care in the Camden market and we wish to provide the same continuum of care in the Brunswick area."

Colberg adds that the acquisition of the Senior Care Center would not have been possible without the help of Georgia State Rep. Jerry Keene, as well as the representatives of the Long-Term Care Office of Regulatory Services in the State Department of Human Resources. "The representative of the Department of Community Health also provided their guidance and assistance, which was crucial in this endeavor," Colberg says. "All of these officials saw the need and agreed that our purchase of the Senior Care Center was in the best interest of the Coastal Georgia community."

While the purchase of the facility allows the Health System to continue to grow and expand services, serving the needs of the residents was the most important reason in deciding to add the Senior Care Center to the Health System’s family of services. "It’s all about the needs of the patients," Colberg says. "We feel that we can make sure the residents’ needs are met and reassure their loved ones that they are well-taken care of by a compassionate team of professionals that have their best interest at heart."