>Living Center patients will stay in Madras

   East Cascade Retirement LLC and Mountain View Hospital have entered an agreement to determine the fate of patients residing at the old Mountain View Living Center, which is closing down.
   After several months of research, advocacy and negotiation, Mountain View Hospital has secured East Cascade Retirement to take over care for its living center residents who choose to stay in Madras.
   East Cascade Retirement, in Madras, currently offers dementia care, assisted and independent living and will now be working in collaboration with the hospital and the State Department of Human Services to expand their scope to include long-term nursing care.
   "We believe we have found the perfect community partner in East Cascades," said Jay Henry, chief executive officer for Mountain View Hospital.
   "Their leadership shares a common vision and set of values similar to ours here at the hospital," he said. "Their commitment to provide high quality, compassionate care will not only provide a wonderful option for our loved ones transferring out of the Living Center, but to our local communities for many years to come."
   In addition to offering a local choice for Living Center residents, ECR has also agreed to employ the hospital's Living Center caregivers as part of their team to provide a smooth and compassionate transition for all involved.
   "The tight bond shared between our caregivers and residents has been one of our most important considerations," said Michele Walsh, Chief Nursing Officer for Mountain View Hospital and Living Center administrator. "We are delighted to have the option of keeping them together and close by."
   During the transition process, the hospital will continue to work closely with East Cascade, Department of Human Services, caregivers, residents and their families to ensure all input is considered and every need is met. The transition is expected to take place in the fall or early winter of 2008.
   "We are committed to serving the Madras community and believe that those in need of residential care deserve to receive quality of care as well as quality of life," said Christian A. Mason, member of East Cascade Retirement LCC and longtime advocate for senior health and residential issues.
   "We are proud to be part of this community and to partner with Mountain View Hospital's outstanding team to provide a much needed service to local families," he said.
   As a critical partner in the transition process, DHS is also supportive of the opportunity to keep long-term care services in Madras.
   "DHS is very supportive of people receiving long-term care services and supports in their home communities where they are close to friends and family. We are delighted to hear that these services will remain in Madras," noted Dave Allum.
   Several teams have been formed to work on the various transition components ranging from facility design to equipment needs and resident relocation. There will be no interruption of care and service during the actual transition.
   For more information, contact Christine Smith, director of marketing and public relations for Mountain View Hospital at 475-3882.
   Mountain View Hospital has been caring for patients in Jefferson County for more than 40 years. With a full range of hospital and health care services, MVH employs nearly 250 caregivers and enjoys partnerships with 27 expert medical staff.
   MVH is nationally recognized for clinical excellence and financial performance and is one of only four critical access hospitals in the nation to be named as a "mentor hospital" by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
   East Cascade Assisted Living was acquired by a small group of investors and was renamed East Cascade Retirement LLC in January of 2007.
   At that time, significant resources were invested into upgrading facilities and creating systems to improve, track and measure quality of care as well as resident and employee satisfaction.
   East Cascade is governed by a team of member owners with extensive experience and expertise in providing quality living for residents.
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