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Careage Management sells nursing facilities in Iowa and Nebraska

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Cherokee's Careage Hills included in sale

Careage Management, LLC announced on Tuesday that it has agreed to sell its long-term care facilities in Cherokee, West Bend, Hawarden, Fort Dodge and Clarion, as well as its facilities located in Beatrice, Falls City, Randolph and Wayne, Neb., to subsidiaries of The Ensign Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENSG). The sale is expected to become effective in July. This sale includes Careage Home Care in Cherokee.

Careage Management is a Sioux City-based long-term care company owned by Dan and Ann Myers and Greg and Teri Grupp of Sioux City and Jim and Jane Schulte of Omaha, Neb. Dan Myers, Careage President and CEO, stated that Careage contemplated offers from various suitors before settling on The Ensign Group.

"Having had the opportunity to tour several Ensign facilities and visit with their staff and residents, we determined that Ensign best shares our philosophy of resident-centered care and providing a loving, dignified, home-like environment within the communities we serve," said Myers. Careage employees were advised of the pending sale last week.

Greg Grupp, Careage co-owner, noted that Dan and Ann Myers have created a long-term care model whereby resident dignity, care and choice became the hallmarks of Careage. Ann Myers is head of Careage nursing and quality assurance. "You will not find two more compassionate leaders in the long-term care industry than Dan and Ann. They raised the bar and caregivers throughout the Careage organization delivered," said Grupp.

The Myers will remain with the incoming Ensign operators for an indefinite period to ensure a smooth transition.

"We are anxious to build on Careage's outstanding reputation for resident care and patient outcomes," said Mike Dalton, President of Bandera Healthcare, Inc., the Ensign subsidiary overseeing the transition. "We admire the great work done by the Careage owners and the incredible Careage staff, and we look forward to working with them as we strive to strengthen partnerships with families and residents to provide quality care."

He added that Ensign expects the Careage operations, with their 549 skilled nursing beds and 72 assisted living units, to be very positive for Ensign.

The Ensign Group, Inc.'s independent operating subsidiaries provide a broad spectrum of skilled nursing and assisted living services, physical, occupational and speech therapies, home health and hospice services, and other rehabilitative and healthcare services for both long-term residents and short-stay rehabilitation patients at 87 facilities, three hospice companies and two home health businesses in Colorado, Utah, Idaho, California, Arizona, Texas, Washington and Nevada. More information about Ensign is available at www.ensigngroup.net.

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