ERIE, Pa. (Feb. 16, 2021) - Saint Mary's Home of Erie today announced the sale of Saint Mary's East to an affiliate of Hill Valley Healthcare. As a national operator that specializes in skilled nursing facilities, Hill Valley Healthcare is an expert in providing personalized care to residents, families, and the community. Through the addition of this facility, Hill Valley will continue Saint Mary's goal to provide high-quality and lifelong care.

The sale, expected to close in May, will not impact the residents currently living at Saint Mary's East. All residents will be encouraged to continue to make the historic Eastside Erie building their home under new management. Additionally, Hill Valley Healthcare expects to retain current employees at their current pay rates and with a similar benefits package. 

Residents and employees of Saint Mary's at Asbury Ridge in Millcreek Township will not be affected by the sale.

The decision was driven by the need to assure long-term financial stability for Saint Mary's Home of Erie, a nonprofit organization and sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania. With Pennsylvania's Medical reimbursement rate lagging well behind inflation and substantial investments required to maintain and modernize the historic Saint Mary's East, Saint Mary's Board of Trustees and the Sisters of St. Joseph concluded that continuing to operate Saint Mary's East was no longer economically sustainable.

"This was an incredibly difficult decision that was not made until we explored all options," said Allen Bonace, President and CEO of Saint Mary's Home of Erie. "Ultimately, we determined that the sale to an affiliate of Hill Valley Healthcare was in the best long-term interest of our residents, our employees, our organization, and the Erie Community.

"In Hill Valley Healthcare we found an organization that shares a culture and values aligned with those of Saint Mary's Home of Erie," Bonace added. Shimmy Idels, the COO of Hill Valley Healthcare, agreed, "We intend to continue to provide the wonderful and caring services that the Erie community has come to expect from Saint Mary's. We look forward to providing a continuum of care for our residents driven by positively responding to their ever-changing needs and the needs of their families."

Although Saint Mary's Home of Erie will no longer have a physical presence in east Erie, the administration and staff of the organization, as well as its sponsor, the Sisters of St. Joseph, will remain active partners in the neighborhood. Saint Mary's will continue to take part in activities which support the Neighborhood Networks; maintain service commitments such as Adopt-A-Highway; and remain actively involved in the Eastside Action Committee.

"The Sisters of St. Joseph support this decision," said Sister Mary Drexler, SSJ, President of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania. "We believe strongly in the East Erie community that has been home to Saint Mary's East for more than a century. We are grateful for the relationships we have established in the neighborhood, and we look forward to continuing our presence through the SSJ Neighborhood Network."

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Media Contact:
Emma Berkstresser | Saint Mary's Home of Erie
Director of Marketing and Development
eberkstresser@stmaryshome.org | 814-451-1316