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Westerville, OH-based Ohio Living and Grand Rapids, MI-based Brio Living Services (formerly UMRC & Porter Hills) are exploring a potential strategic affiliation aimed at expanding aging service offerings in the Great Lakes region by the end of the year.

Both organizations are faith-based and offer a continuum of care and services.

“As we kick off the early stages of due diligence, we recognize the potential this partnership presents to expand our collective reach and impact,” Ohio Living CEO Laurence C. Gumina said in a statement. “We are committed to finding an outcome that benefits residents, participants, patients and team members of both organizations.”

Ohio Living has seen a few name changes in its 90-year history and remains a mission of the Synod of the Covenant of the Presbyterian Church USA. The organization has 12 continuing care retirement communities, Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice and palliative medicine.

Three years into their $150 million affiliation, nonprofit senior living organization United Methodist Retirement Communities and Porter Hills Presbyterian Village rebranded last March under the Brio Living Services name. The organization serves older adults from 24 locations and service lines across Michigan. Those include independent living, assisted living and memory care communities, rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities, home health, and continuing care at home. 

“The rapid pace of change in the senior living and service sector post-COVID makes it more important than ever for like-minded organizations, like Brio Living Services and Ohio Living, to consider uniting behind a common, broad-based strategy,” Brio Living Services President and CEO Steve Fetyko said in a statement. “Smart growth is essential, and both organizations are focused on making decisions that allow them to achieve the best possible outcomes for the people they serve and their compassionate team members.”

Gumina is one of more than 30 long-term care industry veterans who will be celebrated March 7 in Chicago at the inaugural McKnight’s Pinnacle Awards. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit mcknightspinnacleawards.com.