Mather Pavilion nursing home in Evanston is being sold to new owners.

The new owners, using the name Symphony of Evanston, are part of a group of independently owned and operated nursing homes called the Symphony Post Acute Network. The sale is effective Nov. 1.

Mather Lifeways CEO Mary Leary said the sale is part of a strategic decision by the non-profit to move away from operating freestanding nursing homes and doesn’t affect ownership or operation of other Mather properties, including The Mather, its continuing care retirement community in Evanston.

Leary and Symphony CEO David Hartman jointly announced the sale to employees yesterday with separate messages to residents and family members.

Symphony has operated long-term care communities for more than 35 years and currently runs nearly 30 communities in Illinois, Wisconsin and Arizona.

Mather opened the Pavilion 21 years ago at a time when its other North Shore locations did not offer on-site nursing care options, but those communities now offer access to a range of health care services.

“Mather Pavilion has been an integral part of Mather LifeWays and we are extremely proud of the employees who work tirelessly to enhance the lives of residents, and whose efforts have led Mather Pavilion to be named one of the nation’s Best Nursing Homes by U.S. News & World Report,” Leary said in a statement. “We sought a new owner which will continue to provide quality care for residents, peace of mind for families, and employment opportunities for staff.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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