Despite issues raised around violations around the buyer, the Racine County Board voted in favor of selling the county-owned Ridgewood Care Center to Villa Healthcare on Tuesday for $10.5 million, according to a story by the Journal Times.

Based in Skokie, Ill, Villa Healthcare owns 22 senior care, memory care, independent living, assisted living, and retirement living facilities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Illinois.

The Board voted 13 to 7 to sell Ridgewood in an effort to get out of the nursing home business. Supervisors Donnie Snow, Monte Osterman, Melissa Kaprelian-Becker, David Cooke, Russell Clark, Bob Miller and Kay Buske voted against the sale.

According to the story, the Wisconsin Division of Quality Assurance issued 20 violations against Villa at Lincoln Park, including treatment of residents.

Racine County Eye has reached out to Villa Healthcare and will update the story when we receive more information.


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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.