Zuckerman said he has two post-acute care facilities under contract in Michigan and hopes to complete the transactions in early August.
"Harry and I believe in the regional model, and we want to ramp up numbers in Michigan. We are actively looking," Zuckerman said. "Michigan is a nice opportunity for us. We love the state and the geography."
Over the next several years, Zuckerman said, he hopes to expand Illuminate into other states and eventually wants to grow into a national company.
"Managing these nine properties is the first step in a broader plan to build a regional portfolio and to create a blueprint of fresh approaches to today's clinical, regulatory, reimbursement and organizational pressures," Schayer said in a statement. "We have seen the challenges firsthand and are grateful to be in a position to make changes that can help shape the future of skilled care."
From 2008 to early 2017, Zuckerman was CEO of Skokie-based Legacy Healthcare LLC until he decided to branch out with Illuminate in early 2017. Schayer was COO of Legacy for several years.