The Ensign Group, a Mission Viejo, Calif.-based long-term-care provider, said it has acquired Southland Healthcare Center, a 150-bed skilled-nursing facility in Lufkin, Texas, from an outside operator who purchased the facility in November 2006 . Financial terms of the dealeffective Jan. 1were not disclosed. The facilitys name has changed to Southland Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center.
In a news release about the deal, Christopher Christensen, Ensigns president and chief executive officer, said the acquisition adds to Ensigns East Texas region, and that he expects the new facility to be accretive to 2009 earnings. Representatives from Southland Healthcare were unavailable for comment.
Christensen also said the company is actively seeking additional opportunities to acquire both well-performing and struggling long-term-care operations across the Western U.S. -- by Jessica Zigmond