In a recent news release, LeadingAge Washington, headquartered in DuPont, Wash, announced that it has merged with Washington Adult Day Services Association (WADSA). According to Deb Murphy, LeadingAge Washington CEO, the merger, effective August 1, aims to build on LeadingAge’s presence and voice in Olympia to advocate funding intended to sustain long-term care services and support for individuals with disabilities and chronic care needs.

In the release, Murphy adds that the merger with the former WADSA will help strengthen member networking and partnership opportunities, and enhance, “the development of business opportunities to expand adult day services and strengthens our post-acute care position in a growing, complex managed care and fee-for-service health care environment.”

The release also notes that Sara Myers, WADSA executive director, will join LeadingAge Washington as its new director of adult day services. Myers explains that, “…as a part of LeadingAge Washington, we can participate in discussions about post-acute care because LeadingAge Washington has a stronger presence in the post-acute care world, so now adult day health centers can be a part of the post-acute care continuum.”

Source: LeadingAge Washington