The Berkshires' only faith based nursing center comes under new ownership. The New York based Carmelite Sisters is taking over the facility. As YNN's Madeleine Rivera reports, for residents at the center, all that's changing is the name.
LENOX, Mass. -- With time, comes change. At Providence Care Center in Lenox Monday, the announcement that the facility would be transferred under new ownership was considered bittersweet.
"It's mixed emotions because this has been such an important ministry for us. But it's also a day to celebrate because the Carmelite Sisters will take good care of it," said Dan Moen, president of the Sisters of Providence Health System.
Providence Care Center opened in 1999 under the Sisters of Providence Health System. But the distance had become challenging for the Springfield based health organization.
"When you look at health care changes that are happening right now, there's much more of a move towards accountable care and coordinated care than there was in the past. So the distance became a concern for us going forward," said Moen.
As the only faith based skilled nursing center in the Berkshires, the Providence Care Center is a popular institution and it's financially stable, so the Carmelite Sisters say taking over this wasn't a difficult decision.
"We just thought it was a great facility with great staff with great families and residents and we decided we wanted to be part of it," said Mother Mark, Superior General of the Carmelite Sisters.
Under the new ownership, the Providence Care Center will be renamed Mount Carmel Care Center. SPHS officials say there will be no staffing changes or service changes for residents.