Rim Country Health & Retirement Community has a new owner -- Diamond Care Health Network of Arizona, and the facility's administrator Harvey Pelovsky is one of its principals.
Pelovsky, along with licensed nursing home administrators Matthew Meyer, Kingman and Scott Morin, Peoria, and certified public accountant Joe Martin, Phoenix, have been working for two years to purchase Rim Country Health.
The group has managed the facility since Jan. 1, 2005. For the last 17 years, the owners of Diamond Care have successfully operated nursing facilities in Kingman, Casa Grande, Bullhead City and Phoenix, as well as Payson. Rim Country Health is the first facility the group has actually owned, but it is something they have talked about for a long time, Pelovsky said.
The change in ownership of Rim Country Health will not alter plans to bring a dialysis center to the facility.
"We were behind getting the dialysis clinic from the beginning," Pelovsky said.
"We have a community room in the apartment complex here that was not getting very much use. It seemed like we could better serve the community by making it a dialysis clinic and DaVita wanted a presence in northern Arizona."
DaVita, which has more than 200 dialysis centers around the country, will operate the Payson clinic.
"We specialize in the rural areas. Our facilities fit the communities in which they are located. We are bringing stability for our customers, our employees and the families. Diamond Care is committed, long term, to the operations and ownership of Rim Country Health. The facility must stand on its own and will not be run like ‘corporate America'," Pelovsky said.
Rim Country Health has prospered under the operation of Diamond Care Health Network. When the group took over in 2005, the payroll was $1.8 million a year, now it is $4.2 million. There are 120 employees working at the 109-bed facility. The resident census at the nursing facility was only 30 in 2005 and is now 99; the apartment complex was only about half-filled and it is now at capacity. Rim Country Health also makes space available to area clubs and organizations, such as the Rim Country Literacy Program and bridge groups.
"By providing better service to the community, we have been able to prosper. We want to continue doing a good job serving the elderly population," Pelovsky said.
Diamond Care Health Network is also building a new facility to serve the Pinetop-Lakeside area. Pelovsky said the 112-bed facility should be open by November 2008.