s the senior care market matures (no pun intended), increase in demand for services like skilled nursing coupled with a tightening caregiver labor supply will continue to put upward pressure on systems and costs for providers and consumers. The following John Stearns piece fromhartfordbusiness.comis a good example of why business markets seek efficiency. They do so for internal benefits (lower costs) and external benefits (more/better care delivery)…
Two longtime nonprofit operators of inpatient acute care hospitals for seniors have formed what they say is Connecticut’s first alliance of senior-focused hospitals to heighten public awareness of their services and cost benefits statewide, and to share data and resources.The Connecticut Senior Hospital Alliance comprises Wallingford-based Masonicare Health Care and West Hartford-based Hebrew Senior Care. Each will continue to operate independently, but officials hope working together to broadcast their senior-focused mission, combining Masonicare’s 123 years in senior care with Hebrew’s 116 years, will benefit each.”That’s a lot of experience to pull together,” said Ann Collette, vice president of strategy for Masonicare, who’s credited with envisioning the alliance shortly after joining Masonicare a year ago from Apple Rehab, where she had spent the previous nine years as vice president of business development. Collette saw an opportunity to bring her for-profit thought processes to a nonprofit setting and saw the alliance as making perfect sense at a time when hospitals throughout the country are partnering. Thinking smarter together can help sustain both, she said in an interview Tuesday.
The article goes on to explain who each organization is, their histories and backgrounds…
Masonicare’s acute senior care hospital unit offers 30 medical beds and 29 behavioral health inpatient beds. Hebrew Senior Care offers 23 medical beds and 22 behavioral health inpatient beds.
Hebrew Senior Care operates under the same roof as The Hebrew Center for Health and Rehabilitation, but the two are separate entities. The latter is a for-profit skilled nursing facility owned by National Health Care Associates Inc. Hebrew Senior Care is a new name, rebranded from Hebrew HealthCare, which filed for Chapter 11bankruptcy in 2016andemerged last summerwith its new structure and name.
Hebrew Senior Care includes The Hospital at Hebrew Senior Care; Hoffman SummerWood assisted living community, Assisted Living Services Agency, Senior Day Center, Connecticut Geriatric Specialty Group and Outpatient Dementia Care Services.
Generally speaking this sounds like a good fiscal and operational arrangement for the provider hospitals, staff and consumers. Sharing data for example can help ensure standards are adhered to for patient care.
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