August 1, 2010
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St. Louis-based Lutheran Senior Services ranked 10th largest senior care network of its kind in the United States
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis-based Lutheran Senior Services (LSS) has been ranked the 10th largest nonprofit multisite senior housing provider in the country, according to Ziegler Capital, Inc., and the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA).
Ziegler is one of the nation’s leading underwriters for nonprofit senior living providers and provides financing solutions for health care providers, senior living communities, religious organizations, schools and renewable energy products. The AAHSA Ziegler 100 is an annual research publication that ranks not-for-profit senior living providers by size.
In this year’s AAHSA/Ziegler 100 listing of the largest and most influential senior organizations in the country, LSS rose two spots in the rankings from number 12 in 2009. The climb in national ranking is due in part to completion of an expansion project at its Concordia Village senior living community in Springfield, Illinois, which added 140 apartments and patio homes.
LSS has experienced sustained growth in its in-home services division and added a personal emergency response system, a corporate eldercare resource program (LSS At Work), and a new senior wellness screening program.
In the St. Louis area LSS operates Meridian Village in Glen Carbon, IL, Laclede Groves in Webster Groves, Hidden Lake in north county, Meramec Bluffs in west county and Breeze Park in St. Charles. LSS is the largest not-for-profit organization in the St. Louis area. It employs more than 2,200 staff members and serves approximately 8,500 older adults each year.
“At LSS, we don’t believe in growth for the sake of growth,” says John Kotovsky, LSS president. “Our Christian mission is to help older adults live life to the fullest. To that end, everything we do is in pursuit of providing the people we serve with the best possible care and services. Our growth affords us the opportunity to extend those services to a greater number of older adults.”
“It is our privilege and our pleasure to serve seniors as Christ would serve them,” he says.
Lutheran Senior Services operates in Missouri and Illinois and includes eight continuing care retirement communities, two communities offering single levels of care, nine affordable housing communities, and eight in-home services, in addition to its new corporate eldercare resource program. LSS also provides 24-hour spiritual resources through its Pastoral Care chaplaincy program, and offers accredited Clinical Pastoral Education for ministry workers.