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Avamere takes over former Brookdale facilities

A building on North Kentucky Avenue and a building on North Pennsylvania Avenue display the new signs. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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The ownership of the former Brookdale Country Club senior facilities in Roswell has changed, and the senior community now will be operated by the Oregon-based company Avamere, a manager confirmed Thursday.

Jennifer Griffith, executive director of what is now Avamere at Roswell, said that the transition occurred Sept. 10 and that all residents wanting to remain will be able to do so, with prices remaining the same.

“Two weeks as of Monday, we transitioned to Avamere,” she said. “The staff and management remains the same, but we are operating as Avamere.”

Avamere will run the independent and assisted living center on 2801 N. Kentucky Ave., as well as the skilled care and memory care facility on 2725 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Griffith said at a meeting of the city of Roswell Commission on Aging.

However, the 12-unit rental condominiums on West Mescalero Road that had been a part of the Brookdale operation have been slated for closure. That complex is still owned at this time by HCP, a publicly traded real estate investment firm based in Irvine, California, once known as Health Care Properties Inc.

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Griffith said nine residents live in the rental condos, and seven of the nine have agreed to move to units in the other facilities, with Avamere helping them with the move. The other two residents have opted to move to other locations, said Griffith, and Avamere staff will assist in finding them safe places to live.

Two residents living at the condominiums said that they had attended a meeting Wednesday where they were told they would have 60 days to move out, but that Avamere management and staff had visited with them Thursday to tell them about the options they had to move into rooms or units in the other buildings.

According to its website, HCP began a process in November 2017 to sell 68 properties managed by Brookdale. A request for information from HCP was not responded to by press time.

Nicolette Merino, vice president of operations with Avamere, said that the health care company based in Wilsonville, Oregon, will serve as the managing partner for the Roswell facilities, except for the condos. She said she is unaware what will happen to the condos in the long-term.

She said the senior properties are the first in the area for the company. “We look forward to building relationships in the community,” she said.

According to the Avamere website, the company was formed in 1995 and now operates in about six states, running hospices, home health care services, rehabilitation therapy services and transitional living services in addition to independent, assisted and skilled care living communities.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.