SUN HEALTHCARE GROUP INC
SC 13G, 1999-04-19
SKILLED NURSING CARE FACILITIES
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                                 UNITED STATES
                       SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
                            Washington, D.C.  20549


                                  SCHEDULE 13G



                   Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
                             (Amendment No._____)*


                          Sun Healthcare Group, Inc.
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                                (Name of Issuer)

                                    Common
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                         (Title of Class of Securities)

                                   866933104
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                                 (CUSIP Number)

                                 April 9, 1999
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            (Date of Event Which Requires Filing of this Statement)


Check the appropriate box to designate the rule pursuant to which this Schedule 
is filed:

     [_] Rule 13d-1(b)

     [X] Rule 13d-1(c)

     [_] Rule 13d-1(d)


*The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting person's
initial filing on this form with respect to the subject class of securities, and
for any subsequent amendment containing information which would alter the
disclosures provided in a prior cover page.

The information required in the remainder of this cover page shall not be deemed
to be "filed" for the purpose of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of
1934 ("Act") or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section of the Act
but shall be subject to all other provisions of the Act (however, see the
Notes).

 



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in this form are not required to respond unless the form displays a currently 
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  CUSIP NO.866933104
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      NAMES OF REPORTING PERSONS.
 1    I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NOS. OF ABOVE PERSONS (ENTITIES ONLY).
                                                                                
                                                                               
      Peter C. Kern   SS####-##-####                    
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      CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP (SEE INSTRUCTIONS)
 2                                                              (a) [_]
                                                                (b) [_]
                                                 
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      SEC USE ONLY
 3
 

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      CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION
 4                                 

      USA  
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                          SOLE VOTING POWER
                     5                                                       
     NUMBER OF            
                          3,502,777       
      SHARES       -----------------------------------------------------------
                          SHARED VOTING POWER
   BENEFICIALLY      6       
                          
     OWNED BY                   
                   -----------------------------------------------------------
       EACH               SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
                     7       
    REPORTING             
                          3,502,777      
      PERSON       -----------------------------------------------------------
                          SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER
       WITH          8       
                          
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      AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON
 9                           
      3,502,777          
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      CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES
10    (SEE INSTRUCTIONS)
                                                                    [_]
 
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      PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)
11           
                                                                         
      6.13%  
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      TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON (SEE INSTRUCTIONS)
12           
      
      IN  
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Item 1

     (a) Sun Healthcare Group, Inc.

     (b) 101 Sun Avenue NE
         Albuquerque, NM 87109
             

Item 2

     (a) Peter C. Kern

     (b) 206 St. Johns Road
         Pilot Point, TX 76258

     (c) USA

     (d) Common

     (e) CUSIP 866933104

Item 3. If this statement is filed pursuant to (S)(S)240.13d-1(b) or 
        240.13d-2(b) or (c), check whether the person filing is a:

     (a) [_]  Broker or dealer registered under section 15 of the Act 
              (15 U.S.C. 78o).

     (b) [_]  Bank as defined in section 3(a)(6) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78c).

     (c) [_]  Insurance company as defined in section 3(a)(19) of the Act 
              (15 U.S.C. 78c).

     (d) [_]  Investment company registered under section 8 of the Investment
              Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-8).

     (e) [_]  An investment adviser in accordance with 
              (S)240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(E);

     (f) [_]  An employee benefit plan or endowment fund in accordance with 
              (S)240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(F);

     (g) [_]  A parent holding company or control person in accordance with
              (S)240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(G);

     (h) [_]  A savings associations as defined in Section 3(b) of the Federal 
              Deposit Insurance Act (12 U.S.C. 1813);

     (i) [_]  A church plan that is excluded from the definition of an
              investment company under section 3(c)(14) of the Investment
              Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-3);

     (j) [_]  Group, in accordance with (S)240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(J).

Item 4. Ownership.

     Provide the following information regarding the aggregate number and 
percentage of the class of securities of the issuer identified in Item 1.

     (a)  3,502,777

     (b)  6.13%

                         
     (c)  Number of shares as to which the person has:

          (i)   3,502,777
                         
          (ii)  Shared power to vote or to direct the vote 
                         
          (iii) 3,502,777

          (iv)  Shared power to dispose or to direct the disposition of  

     Instruction. For computations regarding securities which represent a right 
to acquire an underlying security see (S)240.13d-3(d)(1).

Item 5.  Ownership of Five Percent or Less of a Class.

     If this statement is being filed to report the fact that as of the date
hereof the reporting person has ceased to be the beneficial owner of more than
five percent of the class of securities, check the following: [_]

Instruction: Dissolution of a group requires a response to this item. 

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Item 6.  Ownership of More than Five Percent on Behalf of Another Person.

     If any other person is known to have the right to receive or the power to
direct the receipt of dividends from, or the proceeds from the sale of, such
securities, a statement to that effect should be included in response to this
item, and if such interest relates to more than five percent of the class, such
person should be identified. A listing of the shareholders of an investment
company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 or the beneficiaries
of the employee benefit plan, pension fund or endowment fund is not required.

Item 7.  Identification and Classification of the Subsidiary Which Acquired the
         Security Being Reported on by the Parent Holding Company.

     If a parent holding company has filed this schedule, pursuant to Rule 
13d-1(b)(ii)(G), so indicate under Item 3(g) and attach an exhibit stating
the identity and the Item 3 classification of the relevant subsidiary. If a 
parent holding company has filed this schedule pursuant to Rule 13d-1(c) or Rule
13d-1(d), attach an exhibit stating the identification of the relevant
subsidiary.

Item 8.  Identification and Classification of Members of the Group.

     If a group has filed this schedule pursuant to (S)240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(J),
so indicate under Item 3(j) and attach an exhibit stating the identity and Item
3 classification of each member of the group. If a group has filed this schedule
pursuant to (S)240.13d-1(c) or (S)240.13d-1(d), attach an exhibit stating the
identity of each member of the group.

Item 9.  Notice of Dissolution of a Group

     Notice of dissolution of a group may be furnished as an exhibit stating 
the date of the dissolution and that all further filings with respect to 
transactions in the security reported on will be filed, if required, by members 
of the group, in their individual capacity. See Item 5.

Item 10. Certification

     (a)  The following certification shall be included if the statement is
filed pursuant to (S)240.13d-1(b):

               By signing below I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and
               belief, the securities referred to above were acquired and are
               held in the ordinary course of business and were not acquired and
               are not held for the purpose of or with the effect of changing or
               influencing the control of the issuer of the securities and were
               not acquired and are not held in connection with or as a
               participant in any transaction having that purpose or effect.

     (b)  The following certification shall be included if the statement is
filed pursuant to (S)240.13d-1(c):

               By signing below I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and
               belief, the securities referred to above were not acquired and
               are not held for the purpose of or with the effect of changing or
               influencing the control of the issuer of the securities and were
               not acquired and are not held in connection with or as a
               participant in any transaction having that purpose or effect.

                                   SIGNATURE

     After reasonable inquiry and to the best of my knowledge and belief, I 
certify that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and 
correct.

                                                      4/19/99
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                                                            Date

                                              /s/Peter C. Kern  
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                                                          Signature

                                               Peter C. Kern 
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                                                          Name/Title

     The original statement shall be signed by each person on whose behalf the 
statement is filed or his authorized representative. If the statement is signed 
on behalf of a person by his authorized representative other than an executive 
officer or general partner of the filing person, evidence of the 
representative's authority to sign on behalf of such person shall be filed with 
the statement, provided, however, that a power of attorney for this purpose 
which is already on file with the Commission may be incorporated by reference. 
The name and any title of each person who signs the statement shall be typed or 
printed beneath his signature.

NOTE: Schedules filed in paper format shall include a signed original and five 
copies of the schedule, including all exhibits. See (S)240.13d-7 for other 
parties for whom copies are to be sent.

     Attention: Intentional misstatements or omissions of fact constitute 
Federal criminal violations (See 18 U.S.C. 1001)
 




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