Catholic Charities to acquire Augustana Health Care Center in Minneapolis

Updated: December 02, 2019 10:16 PM

Catholic charities will be taking over a senior housing center in Minneapolis. 

Tim Marx, president and CEO of Catholic Charities, says the Augustana Care Center owned by Cassia fit the organizations' needs. 

The sides were able to reach a deal in the acquisition.

"We can look forward to a new building that will be more than twice the size and twice the capacity," Marx said. 

The current building serves 95 people. The new building is expected to serve 203.

While the project will help some of the most vulnerable in the Twin Cities, a number of people will also be out of jobs. 

According to the Department of Employment and Economic Development, with the closure of Augustana Care Center, 361 people will be laid off in February. 

Cassia's human resources and site management are working to help their employees find jobs at other locations within the company. 

The Minnesota Department of Health also said it will work with state and county partners to ensure that residents at Augustana Care Center are able to find new homes that meet their needs. 

Marx says the closure of a nursing home is difficult, however, the new format will still serve a vital need. 

"It will provide homes and support to 203 people who really, really need it," he said. 

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