Top Michigan Senior Living Organizations Finalize $150 Million Affiliation

Resulting Organization Is Michigan’s Third-Largest Senior Living Nonprofit; Top 75 Nationwide

[LANSING, Mar. 1, 2019]——Two of Michigan’s top-rated senior living organizations finalized their decision to affiliate at a press conference and official signing event held this morning at LeadingAge Michigan.

United Methodist Retirement Communities, Inc. (UMRC) and Porter Hills Presbyterian Village, Inc. (PH) have entered an agreement, effective today, to come together under shared governance and leadership. Together, UMRC, PH and their affiliates now represent a $150 million organization that serves more than 6,700 older Michigan adults annually across 22 counties in the lower peninsula.

“By coming together as we have, our organizations create tremendous opportunities for the people we serve,” said John Nixon III, chair of the UMRC governing board. “Together, our organizations’ ability to share widely-recognized best practices, knowledge and financial resources will achieve superior results for older adults and create an even greater dynamic in Michigan’s senior living marketplace. This is important as the latest demographics show Michigan as the fastest aging state in the nation.” 

UMRC is now the sole shareholder of PH; previously, the share was held by Westminster Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Both UMRC and PH remain in existence as nonprofit organizations and will continue to serve older adults as they have since being founded. There are currently no plans to change these names, given the strength of both brands.

“This decision follows a six-month due diligence process which began in August 2018,” said Mary Wagner, chair of the Porter Hills governing board. “We worked thoughtfully to ensure not just the right financial and operational fit, but the right culture and ethos for a truly strong partnership. We are pleased at the outcome and optimistic about the future.”

According to the 2017 Ziegler LeadingAge 150 (a listing of the top 150 senior living organizations in the U.S.), UMRC and PH combined create the third largest nonprofit senior living organization in Michigan and rank in the top 75 U.S. nonprofit organizations. In addition, the new organization’s commitment to affordable housing places it among the country’s top 25 nonprofit affordable housing organizations.

UMRC and PH will maintain separate boards, with representatives of both organizations serving on each board. The UMRC and PH senior leadership teams will combine to become one joint strategic team, with Stephen Fetyko serving as interim CEO and John Thorhauer as President and Chief Strategy Officer. Both will serve UMRC and PH until a president and CEO is chosen by both boards.

“Together, UMRC, PH, and their respective affiliates employ 1,300 staff and share a combined 24 service lines and locations,” Wagner said. “Current service lines will grow to meet future needs of older adults, and there are no planned staffing changes at the direct care or individual location level.”

The UMRC Foundation and PH Foundation will also remain as separate entities with Wendy Brightman serving as president. Donations will remain local and be used for the purposes designated by the donor.

“We know how important philanthropy has been in our history and how vital it is for our future,” Brightman said. “Thoughtful donors have made a tremendous impact on improving the lives of the older adults and communities we serve, and we are committed to upholding each donor’s intent. We will continue to be effective stewards of the funds with which we have been entrusted.”

Nixon shares the excitement of both UMRC and PH for affiliation to best serve this growing population of older adults.

“Bringing together these two organizations has been a labor of love as well as due diligence, and a shared commitment of both organizations to the best possible care for older adults in our state,” Nixon said. “We believe this affiliation will allow us to serve even more seniors, from coast to coast across Michigan. With over 160 years of combined history, serving thousands of older adults and their families, and a strengthened financial footing, UMRC and PH are well positioned for the future.” 

Click here for a list of FAQs and to learn more about this new affiliation.

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About UMRC - Building on a foundation of 113 years of service, United Methodist Retirement Communities serves older adults of all faiths at nine locations throughout Southeast Michigan. UMRC services include independent living, assisted living, memory care, rehabilitation and skilled nursing. UMRC affiliates include three Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), affordable assisted living and affordable housing.

About Porter Hills - For nearly 50 years, Porter Hills has provided communities and services for older adults of all faiths in nine different communities throughout West Michigan, as well as through its in-home service agencies and partnerships. PH services include independent living, assisted living, memory care, rehabilitation and skilled nursing. Some of PH affiliates include two Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), hospice, care management and affordable housing

MLive Reports on HVPACE Building Expansion

Woman Looking at Blueprint of PACE building

By Kullen Logsdon

klogsdon@mlive.com

YPSILANTI, MI - United Methodist Retirement Communities has broken ground on its $6.6 million addition, which will double the size and capacity of one of its buildings.

Huron Valley PACE Day Health Center, which is located at 2940 Ellsworth Road in Ypsilanti, celebrated the groundbreaking of the addition on Tuesday, March 27, according to a press release.

The project was made possible by a $1 million capital grant from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Inc., a Maryland-based group, according to the release.

The United Methodist Retirement Communities Foundation granted $500,000. The rest of the money came from bond financing, according to Sara Queiros, marketing and public relations manager. 

Huron Valley PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) serves low-income older adults in southeast Michigan, ages 55 and up, who are eligible for nursing home care.

Through PACE, they are able to live independently in their own homes, according to the release.

"Huron Valley PACE provides such a vital and valuable service to low-income, older adults in this region," said Sonja Love Felton, executive director of PACE, in the release. "As the population of older adults continues to grow, we are so grateful to have this opportunity to expand our day health center to accommodate even more participants."  

(retrieved 3/29/2018 from MLive.com/news/annarbor/index.ssf/2018/03/huron_valley_pace_will_double.html#incart_river_index)

Groundbreaking Celebration with Rep. Debbie Dingell

Debbie Dingle with two others wearing hard hats and holding shovels

On March 27, 2018, Huron Valley PACE celebrated the groundbreaking for a building addition! We are grateful to the Foundation of United Methodist Retirement Communities and the Weinberg family for making this project possible. Special thanks to Rep. Debbie Dingell for speaking at this event and reminding us to make providing quality care for older adults a priority! Thank you to everyone who made this event a great celebration of the PACE mission!

Huron Valley PACE Breaks Ground for a New Addition!

Work has begun on a new addition to the Huron Valley PACE Day Health Center!  The expansion will double the size of the current facility.  Work is scheduled to be mostly completed by December 2018.  Generous donations from the Weinberg Foundation and United Methodist Retirement Communities Foundation make the project possible.  We look forward to being able to provide services to more older adults in the Huron Valley PACE service area!

Sonja Felton and patient wearing hard hats and smiling
PACE construction site

Huron Valley PACE Welcomes New Executive Director!

Sonja Felton

 

I am very pleased to announce that Sonja Felton has accepted the position of Executive Director of Huron Valley PACE. Sonja joined HVP in 2014 and has held the positions of Medical Social Worker, Medical Social Work Manager and Center Director. She is currently serving as Interim Executive Director.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from East Carolina University. As a Patricia Robert Harris Fellow, she received her Master of Public Administration from North Carolina State University and later attended the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work as a McGregor Fellow in Geriatric Social Work receiving her Masters in Social Work.

Originally from North Carolina, she and her husband have lived in Michigan the past 15 years with their daughter (a junior at Hope College) and son (a freshman at Brown University). Interestingly, Sonja has a twin sister – Sonia!

When asked her goals for her new position she replied:

"My goal is to lead Huron Valley PACE to new heights of success and ELEVATION. I am excited about the opportunity to expand our organization, become a leader in elder healthcare in our community, become a nationally recognized PACE organization, and also, to provide visionary leadership to the organization."

Please join me in congratulating Sonja on her new position!

Lori Potter, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer                                                         United Methodist Retirement Communities

Huron Valley PACE Fall Open House 2017

The National PACE Association (NPA) has announced that September is National PACE Month. This will be the first year of what we hope will become an annual event.  The theme of the first National PACE Month will be "PACE: Delivering Independence" to celebrate the role of transportation in the PACE model of care. The ability to provide transportation is unique among long-term care providers. The contributions that drivers make to the PACE interdisciplinary team highlight the central role that the team plays in delivering care and services in PACE.  We hope that National PACE Month will generate more public interest in learning about the benefits of PACE.(npaonline.org)   Come to the Huron Valley PACE Open House for food, tours, and an inside look at PACE transportation! Need more information? Call us at 734-572-5777.

The National PACE Association (NPA) has announced that September is National PACE Month. This will be the first year of what we hope will become an annual event.

The theme of the first National PACE Month will be "PACE: Delivering Independence" to celebrate the role of transportation in the PACE model of care. The ability to provide transportation is unique among long-term care providers. The contributions that drivers make to the PACE interdisciplinary team highlight the central role that the team plays in delivering care and services in PACE.

We hope that National PACE Month will generate more public interest in learning about the benefits of PACE.(npaonline.org)

Come to the Huron Valley PACE Open House for food, tours, and an inside look at PACE transportation! Need more information? Call us at 734-572-5777.