Henry Ford Health System and Presbyterian Villages of Michigan Announce Partnership



DETROIT – Henry Ford Health System and Presbyterian Villages of Michigan (PVM) have partnered in a joint venture to operate the Center for Senior Independence (CSI).

With the formation of the joint venture, PVM has purchased a 45-percent interest in CSI.

The Center for Senior Independence, formerly a Henry Ford program, now a separate nonprofit organization.

The center provides a comprehensive array of health, medical and long-term care services, and support to frail seniors in southeastern Michigan.  A cost-effective alternative to nursing home care, participants are able to remain as independent as possible by accessing all the care they need in one location.

“Through PVM’s partnership with Henry Ford, CSI membership will increase during the next four years to nearly 1,000 seniors,” says Roger L. Myers, president and CEO, Presbyterian Villages of Michigan.  “Th<p></p> <p></p> substantial growth from the 230 patients currently enrolled in the program.  It means a bigger impact on the community, enhancing the quality of life for many more people.”

“Th<p></p> partnership continues to demonstrate Henry Ford’s commitment to the communities we serve, and to improving quality of care and efficiency,” says John Polanski, CEO of Community Care Services, Henry Ford Health System. “It also supports our strategies to provide innovative care for the elderly. It’s an exciting opportunity for the seniors in the region.”

CSI <p></p> modeled after the national Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), which provides comprehensive medical and social services to frail, low-income seniors with serious health <p></p>sues. More than 20,000 people are enrolled in 88 programs in 30 states. CSI offers the only such program in southeastern Michigan.

PACE was one of three programs identified by researchers as models of long-term care that are effective, efficient and less expensive than traditional long-term care, in a study publ<p></p>hed in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

“The program at CSI provides a very appealing option for seniors to remain in their homes, while receiving substantial ass<p></p>tance with health care, meals, transportation, and other daily needs,” says Michael Karson, executive director, Center for Senior Independence.

CSI <p></p> located in Henry Ford Medical Center – Detroit Northwest, at Outer Drive and Southfield Roads.  A second location <p></p> now under construction as part of the new Rivertown Neighborhood development, east of Stroh Riverplace and near the Riverwalk.  It expected to open in 12 months and serve 300 seniors.

Plans call for a third location to be developed near the border of southern Macomb and Oakland counties.  Further regional expansion will be considered as participation increases in the program.