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DEI Info Cover Page Document
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2012
Nov. 05, 2012
Entity Information [Abstract]    
Entity Registrant Name ENSIGN GROUP, INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0001125376  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2012  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2012  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3  
Amendment Flag false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   21,571,671