New owner of Elkin nursing home takes over

By Anthony Gonzalez agonzalez@civitasmedia.com

May 8, 2014

The Hugh Chatham Nursing Center is now called the Chatham Nursing and Rehabilitation. The facility name changes comes along with a change in ownership, with Century Care Management of Cary holding the reins, said a company spokesperson on Thursday.

“All of the paperwork is being completed today, so today is our first day,” said Debbie Combs-Jones, director of operations for Century Care Management. “We’re celebrating by hosting a luncheon today for our residents.”

The nursing home is located at 700 Johnson Ridge Road.

In a belt-tightening maneuver, the Board of Trustees for Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital announced in February it struck a deal with Century Care Management to sell to that firm. The sale price was not disclosed.

“For several months we have been meeting with Century Care to be certain they not only will be a financially sound provider of quality care, but would be an excellent employer, a positive addition to our business community and a good fit for our residents who trust us for their care,” said J.L. Lowe, HCMH board member and chairman of its senior services committee. “What we found was that Century Care not only met, but exceeded our expectations.”

Lowe is also on the Elkin Board of Commissioners.

Combs-Jones said the staffing level increased slightly at the facility since the transition. “We are now operating around 120 employees. Two employees had retired…about a dozen or so shifted to other jobs at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital, and we added approximately 20 new employees,” she said. Prior to the sale, Hugh Chatham Nursing Center operated with 117 employees.

Combs-Jones said the facility is allowing admissions of residents 24 hours a day. “That’s a shift from a window of only a few hours seen prior,” she said.

“We have a new food culinary service, a new therapy company…lots of plans are in place for this facility. Mostly, all of our contractors are strategic partners,” said Combs-Jones. “It’s nice to know I can make a call to any one of the contractors and speak directly with its owner. No company is too large. This is all part of a relationship for our residents…We are here to enrich their lives and of our staff.”

Per its website, Century Care’s residential nursing communities are designed for those who have complex medical conditions and also for those who are recovering from surgery or illness. The company caters to short and long-term residents.

Century Care Management was founded by the late Noah Duncan beginning with a nursing home in Laurinburg. The company is still owned and managed by the Duncan family and has nine centers throughout North Carolina.

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