On August 15, 2004, everything came to a head when the facility's management team, employees, residents, and families were introduced to Brian Colleran, president and owner of Provider Services, the new operating entity of The Merriman.
The company runs the management functions of the nursing home and the property itself is owned by a healthcare REIT (real estate investment trust) arm of HCR ManorCare.
immediately recognized that the Merriman
and its environs were far from the typical nursing home operation.
philosophy of allowing its facilities to retain their character and uniqueness was welcomed by all who cherish this special place.
A new organizational model
In the early days of Provider's arrival at The Merriman
visited the facility to attend a family/resident meeting.
At that time, I had the opportunity to spend some time with Colleran
discussing the historical background of 209 Merriman Road.
We also talked about an idea that I had written about for a publication back in 1986.
Having worked in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, my premise was that the sheer weight of demographic forces combined with the shrinking federal and state dollars necessary to provide for nursing home care would result in an inefficient and undesirable two-tiered healthcare system for residents.
I posited that part of the solution to this looming crisis might be to create a new hybrid organizational model-one that combines the best of the for-profit and not-for-profit models of delivering care.
Also having worked in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, Colleran
knew the respective strengths and weaknesses of both and he
immediately recognized the potential of such an approach.
It rang especially true as he
learned about the deep and far-reaching philanthropic roots of the Sumner
on Merriman organization.