As Outbreak Spun Out of Control, Brighton Rehab Ownership Group Remained Mum. It still Does

Tribune Review: As Outbreak Spun Out of Control, Brighton Rehab Ownership Group Remained Mum. It still Does, August, 9, 2020

Like many nursing homes across the country facing outbreaks of COVID-19, Brighton is owned and managed by a web of companies and stakeholders. Several of Brighton’s stakeholders also are involved with dozens of nursing homes nationwide, along with a tangle of businesses that provide ancillary services — including property and payroll management — to nursing homes, a review of business registration and court records from several states shows. This tangled web of ownership makes it difficult to hold facilities accountable for poor practices and deaths.

“You frequently see these types of situations in the nursing facility world where a whole plethora of entities are involved in the ownership chain,” said Eric Carlson, directing attorney with Justice In Aging, a legal advocacy group.

“You’ll see one company holding a license and another entity holding the property. You see management companies and a variety of corporations owning corporations, for lack of a better term. And it’s oftentimes extremely difficult to identify a person or people who are the ultimate owners and financial beneficiaries of the structure.”