Greenville Online had an article on the national for-profit nursing home chain Covenant Dove attempting to increase their market share in South Carolina. Covenant Dove, which this month became Orianna Health Systems, is a private company with nursing homes in 11 states, including 17 in South Carolina. Thirteen of them are in the Upstate, including a 132-bed facility on Rutherford Road in Greenville.

Greenville Health System is negotiating with Covenant Dove about selling its nursing homes. The arrangement could involve a sale, but it could also be an affiliation or some other kind of deal, said Malcolm Isley, vice president of strategic services for GHS.

“We are in discussion with Covenant Dove regarding an expanded affiliation involving skilled nursing services that could include the sale of The Cottages at Brushy Creek in Greer and some sort of relationship with Lila Doyle in Seneca,” Lisa Stevens, chair of the board of trustees, told The Greenville News.  There are 264 beds between the two nursing homes.

GHS recently announced that it was dealing with a $16 million budget shortfall. It’s made progress in closing the gap by instituting a plan to cut costs through such measures as deferring about $32 million in capital projects and eliminating about 400 clinical and administrative positions – about half through attrition – for a savings of $13.2 million in salaries and benefits.

A voluntary exit program for 66 employees and not filling another 73 positions also saved about $657,000.

GHS employs about 200 employees at The Cottages, Isley said. If the board decides to sell it, they would become Covenant Dove employees, he said. What that would mean to them in terms of pay and benefits is unknown at this time, he said.



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