EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Dove Healthcare is planning to start running several of Mayo Clinic Health System's nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
The organizations made the announcement in a joint news conference Wednesday morning at Dove Healthcare West on Truax Blvd. in Eau Claire. The move would affect nursing homes in Bloomer, Osseo, and Barron, and assisted living facilities in Osseo and Barron. Dove plans to build new nursing homes in Bloomer and Rice Lake. It also plans to build a new nursing home and new assisted living facility in Osseo. 135 employees would be affected. Dove says it will work with Mayo and those workers to help keep them employed.
"We appreciate the compassion and service Mayo Clinic Health System staff members have provided these residents every day," Dove owner Tommy Davidson said in a news release.
"We are counting on this same workforce to continue providing high-quality care to residents."
Davidson said he's making the move to grow his organization locally. Both Dove and Mayo call the move a license transfer, and not a purchase. The State of Wisconsin would have to approve the transfer. The organizations plan to finish it in October. After residents move into the new Dove buildings, Mayo will continue using its buildings in Barron, Bloomer, and Osseo. It said it has not made plans for the space yet.