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Co-owner of Northview Village Nursing Home sells stake in second St. Louis facility

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 5/3/2024

May 3—ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis nursing home, owned in part by the group behind Northview Village Nursing Home, sold this week.

Richard DeStefane, CEO of Reliant Care Management, confirmed Thursday that his company had acquired Grand Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation, a 120-bed facility on Cook Avenue in St. Louis. The sale closed Wednesday.

DeStefane promised Reliant will do its best for Grand Manor's residents.

"If they have any issues, we're going to address them," DeStefane said. "We're not perfect. But we want to have the best communications available for our families, to make sure the residents are being taken care of. This is their home, and we're going to try to make it as home-like of an environment as possible."

The facility was owned in part by the families behind Northview Village Nursing Home — the facility that sparked national headlines after it closed abruptly one night in December. The shutdown led to a chaotic relocation of 174 residents, and abrupt layoffs for the facility's employees. Documents later revealed that the shutdown was preceded by a dispute among the owners over how to cover payroll.

Northview co-owner Mahklouf "Mark" Suissa held a 25% ownership stake in Grand Manor, according to records from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS. An 8% stake was held by a family trust of relatives of Eric Rothner, a Chicago nursing home magnate and part owner of Northview. Suissa and Rothner didn't immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

DeStefane said Grand Manor is in good shape, though he acknowledged challenges with staffing, and said he would like to work to attract more residents. He estimated that Grand Manor had about 90.

Locally, Reliant owns Bernard Care Center in Central West End, Crestwood Health Care Center in Florissant, and Heritage Care Center in Berkeley. All three facilities have one-star ratings from CMS.

DeStefane said that while his nursing homes care for seniors, they also care for patients with behavioral health issues, which can be challenging. His company owns 25 nursing homes across the state, and he said he has been in the long-term care industry for 34 years.

"It's worked pretty well. We've made our mistakes, and we've been in some really difficult situations," DeStefane said. "We keep getting better and better."

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