Two Fairmont nursing homes — the Wishing Well Manor and Wishing Well Health Center — may be sold, according to state health-care regulators.

“The current owners want to sell them,” said Sonia Chambers, chairwoman of the West Virginia Health Care Authority.

The authority approved the proposed sale last week, she said Monday.

The agency gave a certificate of need (CON) to four limited liability companies based in Alpharetta, Ga., for the purchase, Chambers said. Managers of the companies could not be reached for comment Monday.

A CON is needed before a health-care facility like a nursing home that is regulated by the state can be sold, Chambers said.

The sale price could be $20.8 million, according to the CON.

A spokeswoman at the Wishing Well Manor said the owners of the two homes were out of town and unavailable for comment.

All she could say, she said, is that talks are in progress and more may be known sometime next week.

The certificate of need for the purchase is good for one year.

The authority gave the CON to these companies: WW Operations Master Tenant LLC, WW Properties LLC, 1543 Country Club Road SNF Operations LLC, and 1539 Country Club Road Operations LLC.

Under the “project description” part of the CON, the 1539 Country Club Road Operations LLC and 1543 Country Club Road SNF Operations LLC will become “the operators of, respectively, Wishing Well Health Center and Wishing Well Manor (collectively the Wishing Well nursing homes).”

The “ultimate parent” of the two “Operations LLCs” and the “Master Tenant LLC” is FC Properties XV, LLC (FC), the CON states.

FC “shares certain common ownership with the owners of Genesis HealthCare Corp.”

One of the nation’s largest providers of long-term care services for the elderly in the country, Genesis “through its subsidiaries and affiliates” runs 213 nursing homes in 12 eastern states, including 25 in West Virginia, the CON states.

Officials with Genesis HealthCare Corp. also could not be reached for comment Monday. The firm is based in Kennett Square, Pa., near Philadelphia, according to its Web site.

E-mail Bill Byrd at bbyrd@timeswv.com.

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