Saber, a Cleveland-based company, is purchasing Sentara Woodview along with other Virginia nursing homes and facilities in Sentara Healthcare’s Life Care division.

It has been Sentara-owned since 2013 when Halifax Regional Hospital System merged with the Norfolk-based company.

In addition to Sentara Woodview, other Sentara Life Care sites transitioning to Saber include Sentara MeadowView Terrace in Clarksville, Sentara Windermere in Virginia Beach, the Sentara nursing and assisted living campus in Virginia Beach, the Sentara Rehabilitation and Care Residence in Chesapeake and the Sentara Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hampton.

The sales price is confidential between the parties.

All employees with Sentara Life Care will transition to Saber with years of service recognized or remain with Sentara.

“This is a strategic decision by Sentara to focus our clinical efforts on our hospitals and outpatient services,” said Paul Gaden, corporate vice president for Sentara Healthcare and president of Sentara’s Western Region.”We believe putting our Life Care sites in the hands of a dedicated, trusted LTC provider such as Saber is in the best interests of our residents and their families.”

“We have a great working relationship with Sentara, and we will continue working together to benefit our residents and their families,” said Mike Demagall, vice president of population health & business development for Saber Healthcare Group. “We look forward to welcoming the Sentara care teams to Saber. Their experience and relationships with residents and families will help ensure a seamless transition.” Saber currently operates 27 LTC facilities in Virginia and is a leader in the highly specialized field of long-term care.

Sentara and Saber Healthcare Group hope to conclude the sale by Nov. 1.

Sentara and Saber Human Resources teams plan to work with affected employees to ensure a smooth transition to employment with Saber Healthcare Group or in finding other positions within Sentara. The goal is to complete the transaction with no interruption in anyone’s employment.

“We’re confident that Saber will do all the right things for our residents and employees,” Gaden concludes.

Established in 2001, Saber Healthcare Group has grown from two skilled nursing facilities to more than 127 skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in seven states including Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida.