The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability services said 15 nursing facilities have been successfully transferred to a new owner, and none of them have had to close.

The 15 facilities had been placed in receivership in March, 2018 after New Jersey-based Skyline Health fell behind on bills for food services, medical equipment and utilities, putting residents’ health and safety at risk.    A Florida company, Mission Health, will take over the facilities.   Mission Health already has over a dozen nursing facilities in operation in Kansas.

The facilities include the Wichita Care and Rehabilitation Center and facilities in Wellington and El Dorado.   There are more than 800 seniors living in the 15 facilities.

The receivership action taken against Skyline led to state legislation that created stricter standards for evaluating nursing facility owners and investors.    Potential owners now have to submit detailed financial and historical ownership information before they can be approved to operate nursing facilities in Kansas.

Governor Kelly is praising the efforts of KDADS in handling the transfer.  She said every senior in the state deserves a stable, caring environment to call home.