Transform Podcast #35: Danny Stricker of Ascension Living

Ascension Living knows the value of health care services in senior living. The organization, the senior care subsidiary of St. Louis-based health system Ascension, has leaned on its parent organization for help sourcing crucial resources and broadening telehealth access for its residents during the Covid-19 pandemic. Ascension Living is also evaluating its communities for new […]

How Brookdale, Discovery, Senior Star and Ascension are Meeting the Pandemic ‘Inflection Point’

Covid-19 has changed the state of play, but that doesn’t mean other long-term forces have stopped shaping the senior living industry. In addition to a deadly pandemic, senior living providers must also contend with the evolving preferences of the baby boomers, along with the lingering effects of recent supply-demand imbalances in markets across the country […]

Senior Living Executive Forecast 2020: Workforce Crisis Just In First Inning

Though the year is new, the top issues worrying the industry’s leaders are not — particularly the workforce crisis. Staffing is still top-of-mind for executives at companies such as Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD), National Health Investors (NYSE: NHI) and Senior Star. Labor expenses are climbing for many senior living companies across the U.S., and […]

Affinity Pushes Innovation, Sees Assisted Living as Next Big Frontier for Value-Based Care

One of the largest senior living providers in the nation is making a push to also have the most innovative assisted living care model. Hickory, North Carolina-based Affinity Living Group hired Dr. Kevin O’Neil as its chief medical officer (CMO) about eighteen months ago. O’Neil is no stranger to the senior living world. He served […]

Amazon Announces HIPAA-Compliant Alexa Skills, Opening Possibilities for Senior Living

The HIPAA era for Amazon’s Alexa has arrived, opening new possibilities for how senior living providers and residents might utilize the voice technology. Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) launched Alexa’s secure medical skill kit Thursday. Through the new kit, select entities are allowed to build Alexa skills that securely send and receive protected patient health information. So […]

Ascension Living CEO: We Must Be Most Integrated U.S. Senior Care Organization 

Ascension Living has been on the move lately. In August, 2017, Ascension Living’s parent organization, Ascension, acquired Presence Health, the largest Catholic health system in the state of Illinois. The deal added 21 senior housing communities to Ascension Living’s portfolio, which today stands at 51 locations in 12 states and Washington, D.C. The integration of Presence comes at […]

Ascension to Ramp Up Amazon Echo Use After Successful Pilots

One of the largest non-profit senior housing providers in the U.S. has plans to implement even more Amazon Echo devices into its communities after undertaking two successful pilot programs earlier this year. Ascension Living, the senior services arm of St. Louis-based health system Ascension, implemented dozens of Amazon Echo Show and Echo Dot devices in two […]

Ascension Living Names New President and CEO

Ascension Living—the senior services arm of the country’s largest nonprofit health care system—will soon have a new president and CEO. Gayle Trupiano is set to assume the executive role on September 11. Trupiano originally joined Ascension, the health system, in 2004, and currently works as Ascension Health’s vice president, performance excellence. She will replace Jesse Jantzen, […]