SanStone: Our Company History
Founded in 2004, SanStone Health & Rehabilitation sets itself apart from others with demonstrable, measurable outcomes, innovative techniques for delivery of care, and environments unlike the traditional skilled nursing atmosphere. It began when two health care providers, each having notable careers in long-term care, branched out to operate a long-term care and rehabilitation company in NC their own way. By doing so, they created a new standard of care.
Originally named Ardent Health & Rehabilitation, SanStone Health & Rehabilitation is committed to providing professional and compassionate environments where people can live and rehabilitate. With this as our foundation, we offer purpose-filled employment opportunities in friendly settings across North Carolina.
Chris and Mike formed the company in 2004 and began operations January 1, 2005 with Beystone Health & Rehab, now known as The Lodge at Mills River. The building was a partnership with Fletcher Academy (primarily a boarding school) that had a skilled nursing facility. We bought the facility after operating it for almost 10 years, then built a new facility in Mills River. The second facility was Sanford Health & Rehab, a partnership with the Ammons family in Sanford, NC. We began operations June 1, 2005.
Mike worked as the Owner/Administrator at Beystone, and Chris as the Owner/Administrator at Sanford. For several years, they developed programs and worked hard to prove themselves. Chris worked the weekends, paying bills and writing paychecks in his attic during those first formidable years. Soon enough, we gained enough momentum and gravitas, and built up our reputation as a quality provider.
We put offers on two unrelated projects and were awarded on August 1, 2008 — Oak Forest and Hendersonville. Oak Forest is a 170-bed facility we operated in partnership with Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem. Hendersonville was purchased from Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville.
2014 was a busy year, as we acquired Anson Health from Carolinas Medical Center and South Village in Rocky Mount. Hickory Falls of Granite Falls, NC was acquired in 2015. South Village will be rebuilt and relocated by 2017.
In January 2016, we are acquiring Elizabeth City Health & Rehabilitation from the Adventist system. This is a 146-bed facility, and we plan to add 24 beds.