Senior housing operator Ohio Living’s home health and hospice segment has entered into a partnership with Good Shepherd Home, allowing the company to extend its health care services to three additional counties in its home state.
Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice, which serves the Toledo metropolitan area, and Good Shepherd have co-branded the initiative as Partners in Care, established through a Special Membership Interest Agreement, meaning they will collaborate to operate the business within a defined service area.
“Good Shepherd Home is extremely pleased to partner with a great organization like Ohio Living,” said Chris Widman, executive director of Good Shepherd Home. “Ohio Living is the gold standard in delivering hospice services and we sought them out specifically for their expertise and professionalism. Together we will achieve what was impossible alone. This is an exciting time for both of our organizations, and we will provide individuals with the hospice care they deserve and expect.”
Ohio Living recently signed a similar agreement with Cincinnati-based Village Home Health & Hospice. Ohio Living maintains partnerships along these lines with several hospices in its region. Prior to this new agreement the nonprofit’s hospice division serves 320 to 350 patients per day in 48 Ohio counties.
“Ohio Living will now have a much greater presence throughout Fostoria, Tiffin, Fremont, Clyde, and surrounding areas,” said Laurence C. Gumina, CEO of Ohio Living. “We’re excited to expand our mission to serve Good Shepherd Home as well as individuals in these communities with the best-in-class care we are known for at Ohio Living.”
In Ohio, seniors older than 65 represent more than 17% of the population of 11.6 million people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2017, the state ranked sixth in the nation in terms of hospice utilization, with 56.4% of Ohio’s Medicare decedents electing hospice, according to the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization. Utah led the nation in utilization that year at 59.4%.