An Innovative Year Ahead
by Loren Shook, Chief Executive Officer/Chairman of the Board
Every time we embark on something new, we do so through the lens of our eight core values. At the top of that list is to recognize, value and build the human spirit in all we do. Driven by our desire to touch the human spirit and change lives, 2017 is set to be a significant year for Silverado, filled with new growth and innovative efforts.
Our culture of innovation runs deep, dating back to the beginning. In fact, the reason we founded Silverado was because we knew it was essential to change the way memory care was being delivered and we felt we could make a significant difference in the lives of those living with memory impairing diseases, their loved ones and the associates providing the care. We wanted to be the best in the world! Today, with that culture of innovation, our team is energized by the opportunity to continue pioneering new programs. Here’s how we are paving the way in the year ahead:
- Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Program: Our expertise in caring for individuals with brain-related diseases has enabled us to serve thousands of people with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease over the past 20 years. This year, we seek to create a world-class program specifically to serve this population. The formal program, which will begin this February in Houston and Chicago, is being developed based on the most forward-thinking information sources available, such as innovative research, learning from clinical outcome data, specialized training programs, and through our partnerships with top physicians.
- Silverado Supportive Care: Our new, innovative supportive care program is truly changing the way palliative care is delivered. It is designed for people with chronic conditions who have more than six months to live and continue to seek treatment, and it’s already making a dramatic impact. Chronic conditions typically result in many emergency room visits, taking a toll on quality of life for the patient and their family. Our pilot programs with world-renowned healthcare provider Kelsey-Seybold in Houston and Tri-City Medical Center in San Diego have shown that we can change that. At a substantially lower cost to the healthcare system, we can provide a much better care experience for patients, allowing them to spend less time in the hospital and more time with friends and family where quality of life is found.
- Growth in Memory Care Communities: This year, we will have the opportunity to improve quality of life for even more individuals with memory impairment. We just opened our new Bellingham, Washington community, began operating four new communities across Texas, have plans to break ground on a new Midwest community, and finally, 2017 is the year we are ready to leap to the East Coast! As we continue to grow, we are committed to maintaining our culture, our quality, our brand, and our influence so that we can continue to change the way the world cares for and perceives people with memory loss and the end-of-life journey, especially over the last two years of life. Additionally, we are committed to further innovating our Nexus program, which is based on research showing that there may be ways to slow the progression of dementia.
Throughout the year, we will continue to share details of these new efforts — each in support of our core values, and each with the power to touch the human spirit and change lives. As always, it is an honor to serve as CEO. God bless, and best wishes for a fulfilling 2017!