Plum to acquire Horizon West Healthcare

By March 24, 2011

Plum Healthcare will soon acquire Horizon West Healthcare, which operates Sierra Health Care in Davis.

The acquisition is subject to the approval of the state Department of Public Health, expected in late April or May.

Horizon West is a privately owned company with 27 Medicare rehabilitation and skilled nursing homes, four assisted living communities and three active retirement communities throughout California and Utah, according to its website.

Horizon West hand-picked Plum because of the company’s “excellent track record of mobilizing facility staff to achieve quality patient care and regulatory compliance in each of its 23 acquisitions over the last 11 years,” a news release said.

In 1999, three nursing home administrators formed Plum Healthcare Group LLC with the idea that caregivers, when properly supported and well led, are capable of transforming any facility into a quality nursing home. “Plum’s approach puts decision-making in the hands of capable leaders in each local facility — allowing them to serve the community they know best,” the news release said.

The company, based in San Marcos, owns 23 skilled nursing facilities serving communities in California, Utah and Arizona. Plum employs 4,148 Californians, deploying 3.89 workers per patient per day compared to the state average of 3.7. In 2009, Plum’s nursing turnover was 43 percent while the state average was 51 percent in 2009. And Plum has significantly fewer citations and high-level deficiencies than the statewide average, the company reported.

Once the acquisition is complete, Plum will operate the newly combined company. Plum’s management team has briefed officials at the state Department of Public Health and is working in cooperation with local and state authorities to ensure a successful, constructive transition.

Sierra Health Care is at 715 Pole Line Road in Davis.

Enterprise staff

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