June 28, 2019
Officials from both organizations say the decision not to move forward with discussions was mutual. “The exploration was highly productive, and we learned a great deal from each other in these efforts,” said Roger Stevens, Chief Executive Officer of Westminster Communities of Florida.
James Bernardo, Acting Chief Executive Officer at Presbyterian Senior Living agrees. “As we looked deeper into what a joint organization would look like, both parties determined the best way to serve their respective constituents was to remain independent organizations,” he said. “It was a deeply satisfying experience working collaboratively with a like-minded, much-respected industry colleague.”
The merger talks were originally announced on April 29, 2019. Each organization looks forward to continuing their respective missions of service to their residents. “We wish Presbyterian Senior Living well and part ways as friends,” Stevens said.
Presbyterian Senior Living is a not-for-profit organization, providing retirement and senior care services since 1927. Headquartered in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, communities provide comprehensive services and accommodations to more than 6,000 seniors in 32 communities across the mid-Atlantic region of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and Delaware. Services include Independent Living, Affordable Senior Housing, Personal Care and Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, Memory Support, Adult Day Services, Respite Care, At-Home Services, and End of Life and Comfort Care.
The Westminster Communities of Florida story starts in 1954, with the First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton chartering Westminster Manor, and quickly moves to Central Florida with communities in Winter Park and Orlando. Today, the nonprofit organization serves more than 7,000 residents in 22 communities throughout Florida, offering active, Independent Living, Assisted Living, memory support, at-home care, palliative care and Nursing Care in 10 Continuing Care Retirement Communities, as well as affordable communities for low-income seniors.