Albuquerque, New Mexico, August 13, 2015- Haverland Carter LifeStyle Group (HCLG), a mission driven, faith based New Mexico not-for-profit 501(c) (3) has purchased Sommerset Assisted Living and Memory Care Center located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Formerly a family owned, for-profit community, the name will be changed to Sommerset Neighborhood and become a not-for-profit affiliate of HCLG.
HCLG is an integrated retirement lifestyle provider currently operating one LifeCare Community, La Vida Llena in Albuquerque and has another under construction, The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
Its new acquisition, Sommerset Neighborhood, was built in three phases between 1998 and 2005 with a total of 124 studio and one bedroom apartments providing Assisted Living, Memory Care and Progressive Care. HCLG will bring its 30+ years of experience operating La Vida Llena, Albuquerque’s only LifeCare Community, and has a history of excellent care in its nursing home, assisted living and memory care. La Vida Llena consistently holds a 5 star rating, the highest rating from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a federal agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services that administers the Medicare program.
“This acquisition is in perfect alignment with Haverland Carter’s not-for-profit mission of offering senior housing and health care options. The experienced leadership of HCLG will benefit the residents and employees of Sommerset,” stated E. DeAnn Eaton, the CEO of HCLG.
“There will be no dramatic first day changes in employment or provision of services to the residents,” stated Ms. Eaton. “Our plan is to gradually adapt Sommerset to the HCLG branding best recognized by being named One of the Top 10 Best Places to Work Large Employers in New Mexico in 2014 by The Albuquerque Business First and as “Albuquerque’s Best Senior Living Community” in 2015 in a survey of readers of The Albuquerque Journal.
“It is within our strategic plan to grow business either by building new or through acquisition. Our strategic plan,” continues Ms. Eaton, “is to seek new opportunities to provide care and services beyond our existing boundaries. Certainly going into Oklahoma has us expanding our geographic presence, but also has us diversifying by adding a freestanding Assisted Living community to our LifeCare Communities.”
“HCLG current affiliates, La Vida Llena and The Neighborhood in Rio Ranch, will not be affected by this acquisition.” Explained the CEO.
Connie Bailey, JD and Ida Dunn, the previous owners, were dedicated to the residents and the staff of Sommerset and wanted the best possible outcome as they decided to retire from being the owner/operators of Sommerset. “We were impressed with HCLG as a mission driven, not-for-profit organization and felt they would assure the best care for the residents and preserve continued employment for the staff,” stated Connie Bailey, “We are leaving Sommerset in good hands.”
Haverland Carter is committed to excellence in retirement community management. It is our mission to enhance the well-being and quality of life for older persons with competency, compassion and ethical behavior.