Senior Health Partners Realigns Under Comprehensive Senior Care Corporation

Laura Ferrara, CEO, Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E.

Senior Health Partners Realigns Under Comprehensive Senior Care Corporation
Battle Creek, Michigan – October 23, 2020 – In action taken by the Comprehensive Senior Care Corporation Board of Directors on October 9, 2020, a long-standing Calhoun County organization, Senior Health Partners, will now become a wholly owned subsidiary of Comprehensive Senior Care Corporation. This unanimous action by the board will enable Senior Health Partners to continue as an integral component within Calhoun County serving the needs of hundreds of older adults.

Originally founded in 2000 as a community partnership between the Burnham Brook Center (now the Kool Family Center) and Battle Creek Health System (now Bronson Battle Creek), Senior Health Partners (SHP) has grown and changed over the past two decades by adding partners and new services, but always retaining the mission of “Improving the health and well-being of older adults and family caregivers in Calhoun County.”

Current partners of SHP include Bronson Battle Creek, Summit Pointe, Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E., Calhoun County Office of Senior Services, and the Battle Creek Family YMCA. SHP was established as a “pay to play” model through a Memorandum of Understanding around the core belief that more could be done to improve the well-being of seniors by working together and has been recognized by state and national aging networks as the first and only collaboration of its kind in the nation. SHP currently serves approximately 1,000 seniors and caregivers per year at various locations throughout Calhoun County.

“A realignment under the umbrella of Comprehensive Senior Care Corporation (functioning under the DBA of Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E.), who has been the fiduciary and managing partner for SHP for more than 10 years, is going to be a win-win situation for the two organizations,” said Linda Grap, Executive Director. “Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. will provide the continuity of strong financial management and administrative support to SHP’s programs and services.”

Laura Ferrara, CEO of Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E., stated, “We welcome Senior Health Partners into the Comprehensive Senior Care Corporation family. We have a shared vision of helping the seniors within Calhoun County and this realignment will serve to enhance and expand that vision. We have always considered SHP our partner and they have made many referrals to our organization over the last 11 years Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. has been open.”

Summit Pointe CEO, Jeannie Goodrich, commented on the transition, “Summit Pointe is pleased that Comprehensive Senior Care Corporation has the opportunity to continue the great work of Senior Health Partners locally. The physical and mental health needs of our senior population is a priority in our community and I couldn’t think of another organization locally that could provide better oversight.”

The transition coincides with the planned retirement of current SHP Executive Director, Linda Grap, after 17 years of service to the organization. Calhoun County Senior Services Manager, Helen Guzzo, commented, “On behalf of older adults in Calhoun County, I want to thank Linda Grap, the retiring Director of Senior Health Partners, for her 17 years of creative and responsive leadership. Linda has helped grow and develop impactful programs that have improved the health and wellness of older adults in Calhoun County. Senior Health Partners administers three Senior Millage funded programs that are the key to the strategic priorities established by the County and the Senior Millage Allocation Committee. The Senior Fitness and Fun program provides nurse supervised exercise programs to improve the wellness of and provide social opportunities for older adults countywide, a rural outreach health education program which provides classes and support to communities outside of Battle Creek, and the Community Care Options program that provides seniors experiencing decline a nurse assessment and 2-4 hours a week of homecare services. These popular programs have helped hundreds of older adults improve their wellbeing. Senior Health Partners lunch and learns, support groups and caregiver education are and will continue to be important services offered to the community. The repositioning of the partnership to services offered by Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. will continue the tradition of responsive, creative services designed to improve the health, safety, dignity and independence of older adults in Calhoun County.”

The realignment will be effective January 1, 2021 with Ferrara filling the interim Executive Leadership role for SHP. Ferrara added, “Linda has done an outstanding job as the Executive Director of SHP and her staff has also been stellar. With the exception of Linda’s retirement, there will be no other SHP staff changes made and we anticipate this transition to be seamless to the community as well as to the current SHP staff.”

Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. currently has two centers in Calhoun County located in Battle Creek and Albion. Additionally, they have centers in Kalamazoo County located in Kalamazoo and Portage and employ nearly 300 people. Additional information about Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. can be found at www.seniorcarepartnersmi.org.

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