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Augustana acquires nursing home

MOOSE LAKE: Mercy Hospital has completed the sale of its nursing home and Kenwood Place Senior Housing to Augustana Care of Minneapolis, effective September 1, 2010. The sale ensures that an array of senior services, including skilled nursing care, will continue to be provided in the community. The nursing home will be known as Augustana Mercy Health Care Center.

"This sale is a positive step for our community, preserving both services and jobs," said Jason Douglas, Mercy CEO. "We are confident that Augustana will continue Mercy’s tradition of high quality care while looking at ways to develop new services. We look forward to working closely with Augustana to provide quality services to our community."

"Augustana is very excited about this partnership," said Tim Middendorf, Augustana’s COO. "Mercy and Augustana have a common history of providing high quality, compassionate care. Our goal is to capture the best practices from both organizations and integrate them with the goal of enhancing resident and family satisfaction. We look forward to working with the Mercy team."

Mercy and Augustana have been working together to make this transition as seamless as possible. Residents continue to receive care by the same staff with no disruption in services.

Augustana has maintained a reputation for the highest quality of care and customer service while expanding its mission within Minnesota and beyond. Known for a strong commitment to its Christian heritage, Augustana’s mission is centered on serving older adults through the provision of housing and health care.

Augustana is a faith based not-for-profit organization that has served the senior population for over 113 years. Augustana is financially sound and owns facilities in Minneapolis, Hopkins, Burnsville, Dassel and Hastings, as well as managing facilities in Minneapolis, Fergus Falls, and Montevideo. Augustana has over 1900 employees, 1,400 senior living apartments and 800 health care center beds. Augustana has been meeting the needs of seniors through innovative assisted living, memory care, sub-acute and community based services, such as: adult day care, Meals on Wheels, and Access Solutions, a unique home modification program. More information about Augustana can be found on its website: http://www.augustanacare.org/.

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