So Dorothy Burns is upset at what’s happening to Scripps Home. I have to say I join her in being upset at seeing some lovely architecture destroyed, whatever the bottom line reasoning is.  Here is the official press release that answers Dorothy’s questions about where the former residents are. What’s not clear at all is what the new facility will look like. The gentleman I spoke with Saturday it was going to fit in architecturally with the community. We can hope — and speak up about it. If anyone has any more info on this, please post it here. The gentleman said plans weren’t complete yet, so the neighborhood should be able to have some say. Could a Town Council member shed some light on this? I’ll see what I can find out.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
The Episcopal Home Communities:  Janelle Morton(626)300-6460
The Scripps Home:                          Patricia Bunin:(626)797-8255

MERGER PLANNED FOR THE SCRIPPS HOME and THE EPISCOPAL HOME COMMUNITIES

NEW “SCRIPPS-KENSINGTON” RETIREMENT COMMUNITY PLANNED FOR ALTADENA

The Boards of Directors of The Episcopal Home Communities and The Scripps Home have agreed unanimously to pursue a merger in order best to prepare for the long-term future.  The announcement, coming from Martha L. Tamburrano, President/CEO of The Episcopal Home Communities and James W. Graunke, Executive Director of The Scripps Home, states that operations of The Scripps Home, a life care community located in Altadena, will be merged into the operations of The Kensington, a continuing care retirement community located in Alhambra and owned and operated by The Episcopal Home Communities. “We are looking forward to pursuing a merger with The Scripps Home,” said Martha Tamburrano, President and CEO of The Episcopal Home Communities. “Scripps shares The Episcopal Home’s dedication to its residents through high-quality care and services, and both organizations have a tradition of providing charitable care.” Changes in the senior living market and related financial challenges led the Boards to the conclusion that such a merger will promote long-term financial stability.  Together, Scripps and The Kensington will carry on their traditions of long-term, high-quality service over a continuum of care — independent living, assisted living, dementia care and skilled nursing care.  It also allows for a continued commitment to charitable care, a hallmark of both institutions. James Graunke, who has held the top leadership role at The Scripps Home for more than 25 years said,” I see this merger with our new partner as an investment in the future of Scripps in Altadena.  It will enable us to sustain for generations to come the values and the services to the community Scripps has provided for the past 95 years.” During a phased program starting next year, The Scripps Home residents will move to The Kensington while the Scripps campus itself is being redeveloped.  Upon completion of the new facility, both the Kensington and Scripps residents will be able to move to Altadena.  This integration will allow the residents of both retirement communities to enjoy the benefits of the best that each has to offer, along with the least possible interruption to their daily lives during the construction of the new Scripps-Kensington campus in Altadena. “This new structure will be an ideal way for Scripps to position itself to go on serving generations of older adults with our mission to provide services to people of every income level and ethnic background,” Graunke said.

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