Saint Mary's Home of Erie, PA

News from Saint Mary's Home of Erie

Sale of Saint Mary's East

After much consideration and analysis, Saint Mary's Board of Trustees made the difficult but necessary decision to sell Saint Mary's East to an affiliate of Hill Valley Healthcare, a respected and national operator that specializes in skilled nursing facilities.

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 Saint Mary's East their home under new management. Additionally, Hill Valley Healthcare expects to retain current employees.

Saint Mary's Home of Erie will continue to own and operate Saint Mary's at Asbury Ridge and the Carriage Homes at Asbury Ridge.

As the process evolves, details and updates will continue to be shared.


News Conference via Zoom

On Tuesday, February 16, 2021 a news conference was held where officials discussed the pending sale. The news conference was recorded and is available for viewing below:


Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Saint Mary’s East being sold?

The sale of Saint Mary’s East to an affiliate of Hill Valley Healthcare will create long-term financial stability for Saint Mary’s Home of Erie, allowing current residents to remain at Saint Mary’s East where they will continue to receive exceptional care from caregivers they have come to know and trust.

Saint Mary’s Home of Erie, a nonprofit organization and sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania, has a solid financial position. However, in recent years, Pennsylvania’s Medicaid reimbursement rate has lagged far behind inflation. Additionally, the age of the facilities of Saint Mary’s East makes them extremely costly to maintain and they will require significant modernization in the coming years.

Looking toward the future, these challenges have led Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees and the Sisters of St. Joseph to conclude that it is no longer feasible for the organization to continue operating Saint Mary’s East. With the sale, Saint Mary’s Home of Erie will focus on the continuous improvement and enhancement of Saint Mary’s at Asbury Ridge in Millcreek Township.

Hill Valley Healthcare has the strategic and financial resources to invest in the future of Saint Mary’s East. The company is a national operator that specializes in skilled nursing facilities. Their commitment to the care of residents and their families in the communities they serve was an important consideration in this sale.

How will current Saint Mary’s East employees, residents and their families be affected by the sale?

In considering and negotiating with potential buyers, Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees placed a priority on finding an organization that shares a culture and values aligned with those of Saint Mary’s Home of Erie. The agreement also seeks assurances that those most closely associated with Saint Mary’s East will not be adversely impacted by the sale. It is the goal of all involved to make the transition as seamless as possible.

For employees: Through the next several months of transition and after the sale is complete, the expectation is that employment will continue for all staff members at their current pay rates and with a similar benefits package, including health care coverage and a 401k plan. A condition of the agreement of sale is that Hill Valley offer employment to a majority of the employee base as of the sale closing date.

For residents: Efforts will also be made to encourage all current residents to continue to make Saint Mary’s East their home at a monthly rate that is the same or may be lower than currently charged. With Hill Valley Healthcare, residents can expect to receive the same level of care and support that the Saint Mary’s East team now provides each and every day.

For families: Hill Valley Healthcare has expressed a commitment to providing residents with the level of care and support that family members of Saint Mary’s East residents have come to expect. Hill Valley Healthcare expects to retain current employees, which will help ensure your loved one continues to receive the same level of care, support and companionship that the entire Saint Mary’s East team now provides each and every day.

Will employees or residents at Saint Mary’s at Asbury Ridge in Millcreek Township be affected?

No, the sale will have no impact on current residents and staff at Saint Mary’s at Asbury Ridge in Millcreek Township. Saint Mary’s at Asbury Ridge and The Carriage Homes at Asbury Ridge will continue to operate and remain under the ownership of Saint Mary’s Home of Erie.

Will Saint Mary’s Home of Erie remain active in the neighborhood where it has been located since 1884?

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 believe strongly in the east Erie community that has been home to Saint Mary’s East for more than a century – and that will not change with this sale.

What happens next?

Saint Mary’s Home of Erie—its Board of Trustees and its leadership—recognize that news of this sale may be distressing to many and regrets that financial challenges make it necessary. It is important to note that the decision was made with confidence that Saint Mary’s Home of Erie will be leaving the East campus in the capable hands of a provider with a track record of providing high-quality, compassionate care to seniors.

The transfer of ownership is expected to occur in May, following completion of all legal and regulatory steps. As the process unfolds, Saint Mary’s Home of Erie and Hill Valley Healthcare will share details and provide updates. Hill Valley Healthcare is committed to being involved in the transition. In the coming months, there will be opportunities for staff members, residents, and families of residents to meet and talk with representatives of Hill Valley.