Seniors housing and health care REIT Welltower Inc. launched a strategic collaboration with Johns Hopkins Medicine to study and promote new programs and technologies to better serve an aging population.
The collaboration between Welltower – whose operating platform supports post-acute care, independent, assisted living and memory care facilities for more than 200,000 elderly residents and state-of-the-art outpatient medical facilities handling more than 16 million patient visits annually – and Johns Hopkins Medicine, one of the world's pre-eminent patient care, research and teaching institutions, recognizes the need for health systems and senior care providers to work together to address demographic, disease and cost challenges facing our nation's health care system.
Initially, Welltower and Johns Hopkins Medicine will explore joint initiatives in areas including: measuring quality outcomes in assisted living and memory care; educational programs for patients and care givers; and sharing of health and wellness and business expertise, information, best practices and research. The collaboration will also assess health care market opportunities and investments in modern, efficient infrastructure to deliver better care at a lower cost.
Mercedes Kerr, Welltower's Executive Vice President - Business Development & Relationship Management will lead the company's team in assessing collaborative initiatives and opportunities with Johns Hopkins Medicine across the company's seniors housing, post-acute care and outpatient medical portfolio.
"Americans ages 65 to 85 and up are the fastest growing segment of our population and the largest consumers of health care," saidThomas J. DeRosa, Welltower's Chief Executive Officer. "Caring for the frail elderly and people with dementia and other diseases of aging present both clinical and economic challenges for health systems. Our collaboration with Johns Hopkins Medicine will advance innovation to keep this at-risk population healthy, socially engaged and out of the high cost hospital."
Mark Shaver, Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Alliances for Johns Hopkins Medicine, agrees, "This collaboration builds on our shared vision for modern, efficient health care infrastructure. The changing health care delivery landscape underscores the need for a streamlined healthcare continuum to raise the quality of care, shift care to appropriate, lower cost settings and connect caregivers and patients as part of a patient-centered, networked system."
Welltower, headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, owns interests in approximately 1,400 properties concentrated in major, high-growth markets in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, consisting of seniors housing and post-acute communities and outpatient medical properties.