As part of their strategy to expand their reach and serve older adults in the tristate area, Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS) announced it has entered into a formal partnership welcoming the Louisville-based Episcopal Church Home (ECH) into the ERS family. Over the years both organizations have earned reputations in senior living for the highest quality care and service delivered by caring and compassionate professionals. They are the only two Episcopal-affiliated retirement communities in the tristate and have been working closely with each other since December of 2015 when ERS entered into a management agreement with ECH.
President and CEO of ERS, Doug Spitler, commented, “This is an exciting event for both organizations who have known each other for many years. Our missions are in very close alignment and we believe our combined resources will result in two stronger organizations even better equipped to serve older adults across a wide variety of services.” ERS Board Chair, Robin Smith, added, “This affiliation will position both organizations well to succeed in an unprecedented time of change in our industry and we look forward to working together.”
The agreement was approved by both Boards the last week in September. Mark Lewis, Board president for ECH said, “Episcopal Retirement Services has been a good friend to our organization for many years, and most recently, has been assisting us with management services. In this ever-changing healthcare environment, we decided to create a formal partnership with ERS, so we can continue to benefit from our shared leadership and collaborative planning.”
The collaboration had strong backing from both the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio and The Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky. The Right Reverend Thomas Breidenthal, Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Southern Ohio commented, “I am pleased that Episcopal Retirement Services is reaching out and connecting not only on a local, but also now a regional level, with our ministry partners at the Episcopal Church Home. Our senior neighbors in all of our communities will benefit greatly from this connection, as these two outstanding organizations work in tandem to find innovative ways to provide them with the highest quality of care.”
The Right Reverend Terry A. White, Episcopal Bishop of Kentucky further added, “This is a natural affiliation for both organizations as we share the same mission of improving the lives of older adults through innovative senior living communities and services. We are looking forward to the opportunities before us as we begin planning enhancements to our physical campus and the expansion of our family support services and community activities.”
The Episcopal Church Home will continue to be known by its name, which graces its multi-level senior community on Westport Road in Louisville and includes the Dudley Square Patio Homes, personal care and skilled nursing rooms, and the Memory Care Center of Excellence. ECH also provides short-term rehabilitation therapy, and family and community support groups and services.