UnitedHealthcare donated $200,000 to National Church Residences to create a new onsite medical suite that will serve residents of Parkside Manor, a 77-unit independent-living senior community located in Pittsburgh's Brookline suburb.
The new medical suite will include a reception and waiting area, exam room, medical office, restrooms and an area for physical therapy. The stand-alone facility will be available for residents and can also be accessed by residents of the local community, allowing Parkside Manor to further support the community and help improve access to care.
"This investment by UnitedHealthcare will bring important support services to the residents of Parkside Manor and the surrounding community," said Michelle Norris, president of National Church Residences Investment Corp. "The addition of an onsite medical suite brings a renewed focus to health and wellness that will improve access to care."
The donation comes following the release of United Health Foundation's America's Health Rankings® Senior Report showing Pennsylvania dropped from 22nd to 25th in the nation for overall senior care, with a high prevalence of obesity, physical inactivity, smoking and preventable hospitalizations, among other measures.
National Church Residences, an innovative leader in integrating housing, health care and other supportive services for seniors, families and others in need, owns and manages Parkside Manor, and is overseeing a major renovation project of the facility.
The renovations mark Parkside Manor's first significant upgrade since it opened in 1982 and includes renovating all of the apartment units, and adding a fitness center, computer room, community kitchen, library and game room. The renovations and new medical suite will be completed in June.
"United Healthcare's partnership with National Church Residences will help improve access to care for at-risk populations, particularly among seniors, who often face greater barriers to medical services," said State Representative Daniel Deasy, who participated in the announcement and hardhat tour. "I applaud the innovation and commitment to bring more support services to the Pittsburgh community."
UnitedHealthcare's donation to National Church Residences aligns with its goal of providing seniors, low-income individuals and families with access to essential social, medical and behavioral services that can have a significant impact on health and quality of life.
"We are honored to partner with National Church Residences to support this new medical suite that will improve access to care and improve services that will help make it easier for people to live healthier lives," said Allison Davenport, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Pennsylvania.
UnitedHealthcare is part of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), which has more than 5,300 employees in Pennsylvania and serves more than 1 million Pennsylvanians through UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored, Medicare, health exchange and Medicaid health benefit plans.
National Church Residences is committed to excellence that transforms the lives of the people it serves. The not-for-profit organization is an innovative leader in integrating housing, health care and supportive services, serving seniors of all income levels and families. With 340 communities in 28 states and Puerto Rico, National Church Residences is the nation's largest not-for-profit provider of affordable senior housing. It also operates full-service retirement communities in Ohio and Florida, as well as supportive housing for the formerly homeless and disabled in Ohio and Georgia. The National Church Residences model of person-centered care includes adult day health, assisted living, senior housing, skilled nursing homes, rehabilitation center, outpatient therapy, home health care and hospice. For more information, visit www.nationalchurchresidences.org.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. Globally, UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at uhc.com or follow @myUHC on Twitter.