Southern Cross Care Tasmania acquires Bupa’s South Hobart aged care home – shuts down another home

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12 months after Bupa’s governance of its sole Tasmanian facility was put into the spotlight by the Royal Commission, ownership has been transferred to the Not For Profit – which was also highlighted by the Commission over the management of two of its regional facilities.

As we reported here, Bupa’s Managing Director Carolyn Cooper admitted the provider’s governance structures had failed to prevent the South Hobart home being sanctioned in October 2018 for failing to meet 31 of the 44 aged care standards.

SCC Tas’s long-time CEO Richard Sadek also stepped down shortly after the Royal Commission’s scrutiny of two of its facilities Glenara Lakes and Yaraandoo Hostel.

SCC (Tas) will take ownership of the 119-bed aged care home (pictured second above) from 1 December, 2020.

“We were provided with an opportunity to own and operate this amazing facility. We are pleased to be in a position to do this and secure the home for the residents, as well as Tasmanian jobs under Tasmanian ownership,” SCC (Tas) CEO Robyn Boyd said.

As part of its review of operations associated with this acquisition, Ms Boyd says Southern Cross Care Tasmania has made the decision to close Mary’s Grange Aged Care Home (pictured first above) in Taroona, 9km south of the Hobart CBD.

Its 74 residents will be offered the opportunity to move to a home of their choice, including South Hobart with no changes to any fees, care services or provisions unless it is requested.

SCC (Tas) also stresses that there will be no job losses due to the closure of the facility.

“One of the most important aspects of delivering high quality, individually tailored care is the environment it is delivered in. Mary’s Grange is coming to the end of its life as an aged care facility,” Ms Boyd said.

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