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St. Joseph Health and Nurse Next Door Launch Industry-First Partnership to Provide Home Care for Older Americans

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St. Joseph Health Extends Continuum of Care with 26 Nurse Next Door Franchises to Help Thousands of Seniors Age at Home

St. Joseph Health and private duty home care franchisor Nurse Next Door announced today that they have entered into an agreement to provide home care services to enable Southern Californian seniors continue to live independently in their own homes. Under terms of the agreement, St. Joseph Health has secured 26 Nurse Next Door franchises, which they anticipate will serve thousands of clients throughout Southern California. Further terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

This partnership, the first of its kind between a health care system and a private duty home care franchisor, meets the growing demand for trusted care for seniors and others who need assistance with personal care, exercise, healthy meal preparation, transportation or other basic needs in order to remain independent. Various levels of care will be available ranging from basic companionship, Alzheimer’s and dementia support, as well as skilled nursing care.

The need for home care services is skyrocketing as more than 10,000 Americans turn 65 each day, and the number of Americans over 65 will double in the next 50 years to 92 million. Significantly, AARP research shows that 90 percent of seniors want to age in their own homes.

“This dramatic demographic shift requires a change in how health systems provide the best care where and when it is most needed,” said John Bennett, chief administrative officer, St. Joseph Health. “Our calling to care for our clients doesn’t end when they leave the hospital. We want to help our clients improve their health and quality of life in a personal way, on their terms. That can mean helping them recover at home after being discharged from the hospital, providing support as they age or assisting with other care needs. This partnership will help us touch more lives than we could without Nurse Next Door.”

The partnership with Vancouver, B.C.-based Nurse Next Door will allow St. Joseph Health to broaden its network and provide much-needed care for people of all ages.

“We are excited to be changing the home care industry with this dynamic partnership with St. Joseph Health, which is certain to fundamentally disrupt the relationship between private duty home care and hospitals,” said Cathy Thorpe, president of Nurse Next Door. “This partnership is only the beginning in providing care to the aging population in a way that puts seniors at the center of the equation, with health care providers and home care working together to ensure they are cared for with compassion.”

Nurse Next Door opened its first Canadian franchise in 2007 and now has 57 franchises in that country. The company began expanding aggressively in the United States three years ago and now boasts 80 locations in the U.S. “Our partnership with St. Joseph Health represents an important strategic shift for Nurse Next Door as we focus on opportunities to work with large U.S. health systems,” Thorpe said.

“Having experienced the challenges of building a home care service line from the ground up, we’re confident we can jump-start this offering with all the operational expertise Nurse Next Door is known for,” said Bennett.

St. Joseph Health will operate Nurse Next Door franchise locations in Orange County, certain areas of Los Angeles County, the High Desert and Low Desert, and has already begun providing home care services under the Nurse Next Door brand. The partnership is expected to create more than 600 jobs over the next 3 years.

About Nurse Next Door

Nurse Next Door Home Care Services is one of North America’s fastest growing home care providers with more than 130 locations across North America. Beyond providing the highest quality care for seniors, the company consistently delivers a unique Happier Aging experience to get clients back to doing the things they love to do and improving their quality of life. Founded in 2001 in Vancouver, B.C., Nurse Next Door is quickly becoming a globally admired brand.

About St. Joseph Health

St. Joseph Health (SJH) is a not-for-profit, integrated health care delivery system that includes 16 hospitals, physician organizations, home health agencies, hospice care, outpatient services and community outreach services. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, SJH remains rooted to the sisters’ traditions of assessing a community’s needs and adapting strategies to meet those needs. Today, SJH continues its work in the tradition of the sisters through its wide networks of outstanding services. In each region it serves, SJH reaches out to care for the poor and vulnerable, establishing and supporting many programs and services that benefit the community.