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Windber’s Brethren home sold

April 12, 2018 GMT

The Church of the Brethren Home in Windber has been sold for $8 million.

A property transfer published in Tuesday’s edition of the Daily American notes that Community Healthcare Realty purchased the home from administration board members for the Western Pennsylvania District Church of the Brethren. Community Healthcare Realty is a registered nonprofit with the Pennsylvania Department of State.

Though details have not been formally announced, files on record at the Area Agency on Aging of Somerset County — a local branch of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging — show that the name of the facility has been changed to Windber Woods.

The Daily American made several attempts to obtain additional details. Calls, however, were not returned.

Church of the Brethren Home Administrator Bob Thompson did not respond to a voicemail left for him Wednesday morning while he was on the other line.

Tina Lehman, secretary for the Western Pennsylvania District Church of the Brethren, said District Executive William Wenger was out of the office for the week.

And a phone call to James E. Houghton, a board member of the Western Pennsylvania District Church of the Brethren, was not returned.

Documents with the commonwealth indicate that Community Healthcare Realty is owned by Ephram Mordy Lahasky, a New York investor who recently purchased the Valley View nursing home in Blair County. Wanda Murren, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of State, shared articles of incorporation and articles of amendment filings from Community Healthcare Realty, signed Jan. 16 and March 12, respectively.

Both documents list Nicholas Luciano, of Camp Hill, as the contact person. But Luciano — an attorney specializing in “matters of real estate, corporate transactions, and regulatory compliance for long-term care facilities,” according to Capozzi Adler — said he was “not actually in a position to speak” about Windber Woods. He referred the reporter back to the nursing home.

The home was first established as a nursing facility in 1921.