Senior Independence of Toledo partners with Evangelical Homes of Michigan

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Partnering with the greater Toledo Senior Independence office, Evangelical Homes of Michigan provides home health services to three counties in southern Michigan: Hillsdale, Lenawee, and Monroe – all of which border the Toledo market in Ohio. The joint venture began providing services on October 6.

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Senior Independence President Rich Boyson

In order to more effectively serve our referring hospitals, it was imperative for us to provide home health care to those discharged home to Michigan from Toledo-area hospitals.

Senior Independence (SI) has recently announced a joint-venture with the Evangelical Homes of Michigan (EHM), a premier provider of senior living communities and services in Southeast Michigan.

Partnering with the greater Toledo SI office, EHM provides home health services to three counties in southern Michigan: Hillsdale, Lenawee, and Monroe – all of which border the Toledo market in Ohio. The joint venture began providing services on October 6.

“In order to more effectively serve our referring hospitals, it was imperative for us to provide home health care to those discharged home to Michigan from Toledo-area hospitals,” says SI Vice President of Operations & Business Development Mica Rees. “This joint venture, therefore, provides us the opportunity to join forces with an organization already well established in the Michigan market.”

The partnership with EHM is a direct result of SI’s relationship with the Northwest Ohio Accountable Care Organization (NW Ohio ACO). NW Ohio ACO is a Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO) and is a joint venture between the Toledo Clinic, Inc., and the University of Toledo Physicians, LLC. Medicare beneficiaries receive better, more coordinated care because ACO doctors, hospitals and other care providers work together to give the right care at the right time with the goals of improving quality, reducing duplication of medical services and preventing medical errors.

“We are serving many more individuals because of our relationships with hospitals and the ACO. It was critical for us to find another well-established, quality business partner in the Michigan market. We were fortunate to connect with Evangelical Homes of Michigan and look forward to a long-lasting joint venture,” commented SI President Richard Boyson.

Evangelical Homes of Michigan offers a full complement of services to those still living in their homes. These services provide high quality care and are delivered by a well-trained staff of professionals. EHM has been recognized for their exceptional care, compassion and commitment to enriching the quality of life for countless individuals in the community.

“By working closely with like-minded, progressive groups, we’re giving our patients and their families even higher quality, better coordinated and more efficient care,” says Wendy Price Kiser, executive director of the greater Toledo office. “We’re improving quality of life while containing costs.”

“As a not-for-profit provider of senior living and community based services, Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services (OPRS) is bringing its own resources to the table to ensure that individuals receive high quality, better managed care. We’re committed to our Toledo neighbors, and because we’re working smarter and giving cost-effective care, doing the right thing will be good business for OPRS,” commented SI parent organization, OPRS President/CEO Laurence C. Gumina.

About Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services

Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services (OPRS) serves more than 90,000 people annually through its wholly owned subsidiaries OPRS Communities and Senior Independence. OPRS Communitie s operates 12 retirement communities. Senior Independence provides home and community based services, operates 13 adult day centers and manages six senior centers, in partnership with local governments. In addition, Senior Independence services are extended nationwide through its iPartners. Another wholly owned subsidiary, the OPRS Foundation raises several million dollars annually to support charity care, special programs, capital expansion and endowment.

About Evangelical Homes of Michigan

Evangelical Homes of Michigan is a not-for-profit organization that provides healthcare, senior housing and community services to older adults and their extended families. Our retirement communities also serve as a health and human service ministry with affiliations with the United Church of Christ. In fiscal year 2014, Evangelical Homes of Michigan provided more than $2.3 million in un-reimbursed charity care to residents, serving more than 3,300 individuals and their families by providing more than 66,000 days of care throughout their campuses in Southeast Michigan; including Ann Arbor, Detroit, Saline and Sterling Heights.

Founded in 1879, the organization is governed by a 17-member Board of Directors, employs 1,100 individuals and enjoys over 12,000 hours of volunteer services annually. In 2010, Aging Services of Michigan awarded several Evangelical Homes of Michigan volunteers and staff members as the Trustee of the Year, Shining Star Award, and Life Member of Aging Services of Michigan. In 2009, Evangelical Homes of Michigan was the recipient of the Leading-Edge Care and Services Award from Aging Services of Michigan, in 2006, they were recipients of the Business Enterprise Award from the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce and in 2004 and 2005 was named one of the Metro Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by the Michigan Business Professional Association. Denise Rabidoux, President and CEO of Evangelical Homes of Michigan, was awarded Crain’s Detroit Business’ Health Care Hero Award in 2013 for her leadership in innovation and organizational expansion.

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