SANTA CRUZ -- The Santa Cruz Skilled Nursing Center is changing hands after five years.
The 200-bed facility at 2990 Soquel Ave., the largest nursing home in the county, had been operated by Santa Cruz Skills Nursing Center Inc., a corporation controlled by Mounir Kardosh.
As of Dec. 31, Kardosh sold all his shares of that corporation to Trilochan "Bobby" Singh and A.J. Rana, according to the state Department of Public Health.
"It's a beautiful building," said Singh. "The idea is to provide better patient care."
Singh serves as the corporation's chief financial officer and Rana is the chief executive officer, according to the state.
Singh has been administrator of the 99-bed Park Central Care and Rehabilitation in Fremont since November 2008 and the 99-bed Bay Point Healthcare Center in Hayward since December 2009.
Kevin Hogan, president of Nazareth Health Care Inc., which acquired Santa Cruz Skilled Nursing Center in 2007, said the terms of the sale were not public and that only the operations were sold.
"We still own the building," he said.
Janet Fagnan, who has lived at the nursing home for more than 10 years and is running for resident council president, said she is "very cautiously optimistic."
She had spoken up last year when one shower serving 10 to 12 residents was unable to deliver hot water, and residents wheeled to another shower in the complex were upset about loss of privacy. After four months, a new heating system was installed. The state investigated but did not issue a deficiency report.
The new administrator is Maher Moussa, replacing Carol Lowe, who left two weeks ago. Lowe defended the prior owner, saying more than $1.5 million had been invested in five years in the physical plant, staffing and systems.
Fagnan said Moussa quickly responded when residents asked for Wi-Fi.
"The entire building is wired," she said. "He's a people person."
About "five or six" new residents recently moved in, she added.
The application for a change of ownership for Santa Cruz Skilled Nursing Center is "in process," according to Department of Public Health spokesman Ralph Montano.
Follow Sentinel reporter Jondi Gumz at Twitter.com/jondigumz