By Starrla Cray
WINSTED, MN Monarch Healthcare Management announced Monday that it is purchasing St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.
Previously owned by Living Services Foundation and managed by Benedictine Health System, the Winsted facility had been for sale since January 2017. Monarch plans to officially take over July 1.
Marc Halpert, chief operating officer with Monarch, said the name of St. Mary’s will change to The Gardens at Winsted, but all employees will be able to continue in their current positions for the same pay rate.
“Staff and residents are our number-one priority,” he said.
Steven Przybilla, interim chief operating officer of Benedictine Health System, said he and his staff will be working with Monarch to “make this transition as smooth as possible for St. Mary’s associates, residents, and their families.”
Monarch Healthcare Management is a Mankato-based company that has been in existence for three years. Although the company is relatively new, it has been able to experience substantial growth.
“We took over an existing company, and they were ready to grow,” Halpert said.
Monarch currently owns 30 facilities in Minnesota. Fourteen of those are in the Twin Cities region.
Halpert said the opportunity to purchase St. Mary’s fits perfectly with Monarch’s goals for the future. Monarch has also purchased other facilities previously managed by Benedictine Health System, including one in Duluth and one in Plainview.
With other facilities they’ve purchased, Halpert said he often hears that people are happily surprised by Monarch’s high level of involvement.
“I’m in all the facilities at least once a month,” Halpert said. He added that Monarch also has a representative at each facility at least twice a week.
Halpert said Monarch provides “five-star customer service and innovative care,” and that their goal is “to continue the great services that St. Mary’s has been offering.”
“We’re excited,” he said.